2009-07-30 / Letters

North Wilkes Museum needs help

TO THE EDITOR:

I am writing to ask for assistance. The North Wilkes Museum and Archives building restoration committee has been active this summer. Unfortunately, after completing Phase I of the restoration project and exhausting all funds, we have learned immediate attention is necessary to repair two windows and seal the west exterior wall. The repairs would protect the completed work and prevent further moisture damage.

We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization formed to revitalize one of Tignall's most historic buildings. Restoring the 1914 Tignall Bank building, home of our library and museum, is a major undertaking, but it can be done with the help of people, organizations, and buildings in the county.

Our organization has existed as a total volunteer group since 1979 providing a lending library, summer activities for children, and a museum that catalogs the local history. Over time our building has suffered slow deterioration and recently suffered exterior damage from storms and severe weather.

We are currently writing a grant to be submitted to the Watson-Brown Foundation and planning to participate in the Tignall Fall Festival to raise funds. This will take time and the repairs can't wait. I ask that each one give our request great consideration. Any donation, big or small, will be greatly appreciated.

Donations are fully tax deductible in accordance with federal and state laws and a receipt will be provided for personal records.

For any further questions, please call me at 706-401-1612. Thank you so much for all your support.
KAT DODSON,
President

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