2019 Holiday Letter

Dear Friend of the Fenton,

Now that the leaves are down, it’s time to bundle up and stay inside, right? Wrong! The Fenton has an exciting holiday season planned, and we want to make sure you stay involved. We rely on our wonderful community to help us in our mission to collect and share your history.

We need your support to let us innovate. Alongside longtime favorites this year, we presented new exhibits and programs to help you and your family appreciate your history more. We celebrated milestones in women’s history, toured through Allen Park, held our first regional conference on genealogy, sang classic songs on a restored, locally-built piano, talked with a nationally-known Vietnam prisoner of war, and more. We rely on you to help us bring your history into the present.

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We need your support to educate our whole community. We are always looking for ways to include more members of the community in our history. This year, we made admission to the Museum free for anyone under 18 to encourage our young people and families to stop by more; rebuilt our entryway to include an accessibility ramp for those with mobility issues; held our first tour with support from an American Sign Language interpreter; and expanded our digital catalogue to allow access to our history to anyone, anywhere. Initiatives like these go beyond our normal budgeting—we can only accomplish this with your help.

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We need your support to help honor our veterans. Our Vets Finding Vets program continues to expand, providing new opportunities for local veterans and the community. Beyond our monthly Canteen, we have connected WWII veterans with students, arranged Honor Flights for local veterans, taken bus trips to re-enactments and military museums, and hosted lectures for veterans and the wider community. These programs are free to our veterans, to thank them for their service, but that means we need help from you.

We need your support to keep going. In the next year, the Fenton will be making an effort to bring your history to you. Beyond the Museum, we will be in the classrooms, in downtown spaces, in your local parks and churches, and along the Riverwalk. We will be helping other non-profits and businesses lead tours, discover new history, and teach classes and camps. We will be growing our digital presence so that you can access Jamestown’s history from any device on the go, or from your favorite armchair. We will come to where you are, to bring the history that you want. Please show your support for local history by sending a donation to the Fenton today. A donation of any size helps to support the work of local history in our community.

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Richard Lundquist                                                                  Noah Goodling

President, Board of Trustees                                                  Director


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