WCHAS launched a formal fundraiser in December to create a dedicated fund to support the preservation of the historic Morgan House. We are pleased to report that through March 2017 $8,925 in donations have been received. This brings us to 25.5 % of our goal of raising $35,000. Our friends at the Kuenzl Foundation are supporting our efforts with a dollar-for-dollar match. If we fully achieve our goal, WCHAS will have an account with $70,000 dedicated solely to the maintenance and preservation of the Morgan House. Some of the major expenses we will face in the near future include a new roof and driveway. Additionally, as we found out in late 2015-16, unanticipated repairs can be significant. Over $32,000 in unexpected costly repairs were performed during that time. We are working to get ahead of things by thoughtful planning and taking positive preemptive measures with challenges we will certainly face. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
If you’d like to support our effort, your tax-deductible donation can be sent to the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation by filling out the Donation Form. We cannot do this without your help. As always, your support to preserve local history is greatly appreciated.
Members of the Collections Committee are hard at work cataloging the WCHAS library. Over the years, the society has amassed a collection of books, atlases, directories, and other published works that will soon be available for researchers to use. We have an assortment historical novels on various topics, but our largest collection is of local histories and state histories. We also have a large collection of Morgan Company publications on product lines and company happenings.
Volunteers are welcome to join the committee to help with cataloging work. Once the library is complete we will make the list of books available online, and then the committee will begin work on cataloging the archival material that the society has in its archival storage area (photos, documents, maps, Morgan Company records, etc). Contact us today if you are interested in volunteering!
It has been a busy year of renovating the upstairs bedrooms of the Morgan house. Earlier this spring, rain seeped in the house around the chimney that caused damage to two of the bedrooms on the second floor. Thankfully, the damage was not too severe and insurance covered the cost of repairs. We had the plaster walls repaired and woodwork repainted by M&M Painting. The painter did an exceptional job, and he was very attentive to detail.
Next, we had professional wallpaper hangers come in and hang our brand-new Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper. One room features the company’s B.J. Talbert Room Set, and the other room is decorated with the Herter Brothers Room Set. We hired Mary Johnson Grundle out of Milwaukee to hang the paper. She, along with her helper, did an outstanding job. They came a weekend in October for one room and December for the other—both rooms took 3 to 4 days to finish. Below are a few snapshots of the rooms as they look now. The restoration project cost approximately $30,000. All but $2,500 dollars was covered by insurance. The rooms are beautiful once again, and we cannot wait to show you at our open house this spring!