2013-04-04 / Editorial

Champlin funds help preserve our history


Dianne Rugh and Jim Buttrick of the Jamestown Historical Society are busy in the new work area outside of the vault in the basement of Town Hall. Dianne Rugh and Jim Buttrick of the Jamestown Historical Society are busy in the new work area outside of the vault in the basement of Town Hall. Deep in the basement of Town Hall, a grant from the Champlin Foundation has been used to increase the amount of storage available in the Jamestown Historical Society’s vault by 140 percent.

According to Dianne Rugh of the historical society, the $27,205 grant was used to purchase and install compact shelving units. These new shelves roll on fixed tracks so that the vault’s storage space is put to more efficient use. And the shelves move easily, so just about anyone can slide the storage to where it is needed.

Also included in the project was the addition of three new flat file storage units. A work area was also created just outside of the vault so that historical society volunteers have a place to keep track of the collections and also research the collections.


Historical Society member Sue Maden (above) demonstrates how the shelves are moved by simply spinning the wheel. Storage was increase by 140 percent. 
Photos by Jeff Mcdonough Historical Society member Sue Maden (above) demonstrates how the shelves are moved by simply spinning the wheel. Storage was increase by 140 percent. Photos by Jeff Mcdonough Rugh said the vault’s lighting was also upgraded, although that was paid for by the historical society through its 2010 assessment.

The project is of great benefit to the historical society because now more historical artifacts and documents can be stored in the climate-controlled vault.


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