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Jeffris Family Foundation Awards Matching Grant to Garfield Farm Museum

     Garfield Farm Museum has been awarded a $12,500 matching grant by the Jeffris Heartland Fund to help fund a historic structures report for the museum's oldest building, the 1842 hay and grain barn. A historic structure report brings together all known evidence about a historic building to prepare for the building's appropriate restoration based upon the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Garfield Farm Museum's buildings and its acreage are on the National Register of Historic Places and is deemed to have statewide significance.

    This report will bring together the years of research, analysis, evidence, and documentation the museum has accumulated on the barn and provide methods, techniques, and costs for the full restoration of the building.

    The grant requires a matching amount that the museum will seek from its supporters and any existing funds. "This is significant in so many ways,” stated Jerome Johnson, executive director of Garfield Farm Museum. "First it lends credence to the important role Garfield Farm Museum can play in preserving the history of an agricultural state that has not been fully addressed. It is also a great honor to have been selected as there are very few entities that believe so strongly in historic preservation and are willing to step forward with monetary support. It encourages individuals who believe in the heritage of this country but can only collectively make a financial difference.”

    The Jeffris Family Foundation has established the Jeffris Heartland Fund, to support the development of important historic preservation projects that strive for high preservation standards and show a strong degree of local support in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

    "I have witnessed many small organizations and local governments in Wisconsin that struggle to support and preserve historic buildings that have given their communities a sense of place. The Jeffris Family Foundation has a commitment to assist dedicated communities with funding opportunities designed to preserve their architectural heritage for future generations," stated Thomas M. Jeffris President of the Jeffris Family Foundation

    Garfield Farm Museum is the only 374 acre historically intact former 1840s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored as an 1840s working farm museum. Donors and volunteers from over 3000 households in 38 states and 4 countries have contributed towards the museum's restoration and development. The museum is located in Campton Hills, IL off Illinois Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. Further information is available at 630 584-8485 or e-mail

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