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The Malvern Historical Society is accepting donations for a new roof to prevent water leaks from ruining its collection. The goal is to raise approximately $6,000.
"We have discovered our roof is in serious disrepair, leaking in multiple locations into the second floor and also the primary museum area on the first," said Jason Lombardi, co-founder of the Malvern Historical Society. "Our irreplaceable collection is in dangerous jeopardy with artifacts already having received the brunt of Mother Nature's unforgiving hand. A dedicated member empties water-collecting buckets after each rain in an attempt to save our treasures. With Spring-like downpours having arrived, we are on a race against the clock."
Lombardi explains that caring for an aging, historic structure is difficult and it is up to the society is responsible for its upkeep. The historical society's funds are not in a position to cover the full cost of the repair bill. Part of the expenses are covered through the generosity of the late Mrs. Kathleen D. Pretty who, through estate planning, endowed funds to the society for its upkeep. However, nearly $6,000 is needed to cover the remaining balance.
"Donations in any amount will be greatly appreciated and put to a just cause, dedicated to preserving Malvern's legacy and continuing to share our rich contribution to the area and nation as a whole," said Lombardi.
The historical society is offering a corresponding membership for donations received. Those donating $100 or greater will receive a complimentary lifetime membership to the organization. Other donation amounts given which correspond to the levels listed here will also receive a membership for that particular amount donated: $10 donation for one individual membership for one year; $15 donation for a couple or for a business membership for one year.
Lombardi stated any donations received in excess of the $6,000 goal will be earmarked for future building repairs. The Malvern Historical Society is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.
"Having a membership in the society is non-obligatory, however, it does signify your support to perpetuate the efforts of our community organization," said Lombardi.
Checks may be made payable to the Malvern Historical Society and mailed to P.O. Box 80, Malvern, OH 44644 or they can be dropped off in person Saturday mornings between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon at the building.