SIDNEY — The Shelby County Historical Society will use Match Day gifts to offset unplanned and unbudgeted costs at the William A. Ross Jr. Historical Center and at other properties it owns. The properties are in one of the oldest developed areas of the county, bordering both sides of North Street in downtown Sidney.
“As part of the city of Sidney’s Inflow and Infiltration program to test and replace poorly functioning sections of the sewer system, the Historical Society is responsible for expensive upgrades,” said Tilda Phlipot, executive director. “The Community Foundation’s Match Day is coming at a perfect time for us. We have no choice but to upgrade the system within the four properties the Society owns.”
The Shelby County Historical Society offers exhibits and events meant to educate all ages of local residents. Its programming has won numerous state awards from the Ohio Association of Historical Societies & Museums.
School age children benefit from programs on the Civil War, pioneer life and immigration. Adults learn about the community and its historical figures during the annual ghost tour, Graceland Cemetery tour, downtown church tour and Christmas of Yesteryear event. Exhibits at the Ross Center change and most recently featured Titans of Industry.
“Much of our programming occurs outside our walls and in the classrooms or locations throughout the area,” noted Phlipot. “From time to time, we have to direct resources to our home at the Ross Center, which we very proudly use for our offices and a place to welcome those wanting to learn about their hometown or that of their ancestors.”
To support the Shelby County Historical Society on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Historical Society noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at www.commfoun.com and at the Shelby County Historical Society. Gifts must be received on or before Nov. 28 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money.