Montgomery County Community Foundation has awarded the final “12 in ‘12” Community Engagement Grant to the Darlington Public Library.
Library Director John Dale explained that a library also serves as a “historical repository for a community” and that over the past 20 years, they have acquired many historical artifacts. The larger items are displayed in the Carnegie building, but a way to securely display the smaller items was needed. The memorabilia includes items from Darlington High School, the town of Darlington, Franklin Township and Sugar Creek Township. With the $1,000 grant, they were able to purchase five keyed, glass cases and all are full already. Items range from old pharmacy bottles, basketball tournament brackets, a Kodak Brownie camera to the last set of keys for the high school, which by the way, belonged to John’s father who was the school custodian.
If you would like to see the items, the library is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 4 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. To learn more about the Montgomery County Community Foundation, call 362-1267 or visit www.mccf-in.org.
Community Engagement Grants have addressed a wide variety of needs and each has been well utilized. To recap, the following agencies were recipients: Abilities Services (games and activities), AHEAD Coalition (Drop boxes for unused medications), Youth Service Bureau (computer server), Habitat for Humanity (building materials), Sustainable Indiana (The Green Directory, web hosting fees), NICHES Land Trust (Family float trip), PU Extension Family Nutrition Program and Volunteers in Mental Health (backpacks and school supplies), Community Chorus (instrumental accompanists), Community Action Program (CF light bulbs for seniors), FAITH Alliance (breast cancer educational materials), Town of New Ross (Park Master Plan) and Darlington Library.
Community Engagement Grants will have a new twist in 2013 and details will be announced soon.