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Galena Foundation Projects

For nearly 25 years, the Galena Foundation has strived to make an impact on Galena Illinois?future. The Foundation has adopted projects, held educational workshops, and granted funds to support preservation projects.  Recent projects include:

Steeple & Cross Repair Museum Grant Depot Restoration
The Foundation has granted funds to repair and replace the steeple and cross of Galena United Methodist Church.  Constructed in 1857, it is one of the "Seven Steeples of Galena".

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A grant from The Galena Foundation enables the Galena History Museum to make cutting edge enhancements including a hologram of the Grants and an interactive touch screen for the Peace in Union painting.
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The Galena Foundation is spearheading an effort to accurately restore the Galena Train Depot. Through a partnership with the City of Galena, mismatched brick &
tuck pointing will be replaced.
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The Foundation has overseen or contributed to many projects including:
  • Fencing the Old City Cemetery

  • Rebuilding the High School Steps

  • Restoring and winterizing Old Firehouse #1 on Bench St.

  • Repairing and restoring the four cannons in Grant Park

  • Contributing to the newly constructed
    Veteran's Memorial on Riverside Drive

  • Donating to the construction of
    the "Pathway on the Levee"

  • Heating, air conditioning and painting
    at the Galena Historical Museum

  • Contributing to the heating and
    air conditioning system at Turner Hall

  • Restoring "Liberty", the Galena Fire
    Departmentís historic pumper

  • Restoring the Grant Park Fountain

  • Contributing to the restoration of Belden School,
    a one room country schoolhouse

  • Contributing to the installation of a new roof
    on the Galena Public Library

  • Restoring the Grant Park Gazebo

  • Repairing the Ulysses S. Grant Statue

  • Contribute to improvements to the Galena History Museum
    including exhibit hall climate control & handicap accessibility

  • Awarding a grant to create and install
    Galena River Trail interpretive signage

  • Supporting the City of Galena Historic District Survey

  • Contributing to the Galena ARC
    Masonry Chimney Restoration project

  • Repairing and replacing stonework
    on the Galena Public Library building

  • Repairing and replacing the Steeple & Cross
    on the Galena United Methodist Church

  • Supporting the Galena History Museum's
    "Historic Preservation Through Modern Technology" project

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