Thanks to all our Grantors! We could not do it without you!

The Wilmington Historical Society received the following grants in 2020-2021:

Essex County Arts Council Cultural Assistance Program Grant

The Wilmington Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Essex County Arts Council has awarded a Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant for 2021in the amount of $630 to the Wilmington Historical Society for a special program project. The Wilmington Historical Society has contracted with musician/educator Dave Ruch to have 2 songs relevant to Wilmington’s history professionally recorded for future programs and exhibits. The Essex County Arts Council Grant is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County.

Adirondack Foundation Generous Acts Grant

The Wilmington Historical Society has received funding from the Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts Program in the amount of $2,500 in support of our Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run Festival. Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, this grant will provide programming, support and marketing for the Festival’s next cultural heritage event. Support for this work is from Generous Acts at Adirondack Foundation – a force for good that pools gifts from generous donors who love the Adirondacks and care about our communities. Adirondack Foundation enhances the lives of the people in the Adirondacks through philanthropy. To learn more, visit

SUN FUND Adirondack Foundation Grant for Website Re-development

The Wilmington Historical Society has received a $1500 grant from the Adirondack Foundation’s SUN Fund, through their partnership with the Lake Placid Education Foundation. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Wilmington Historical Society has contracted with Smart Site Designs for the project to expand our online research capabilities.  The Adirondack Foundation and their partner the Lake Placid Education Foundation have made our website re-development project possible during these challenging times.

Ironman Foundation Volunteerism Grant 

The Wilmington Historical Society received a $900 Volunteerism Grant in 2021 from the Ironman Foundation for providing a volunteer team to support their event.  Many thanks go to the Ironman Foundation for supporting the communities in which Ironman events take place, and many thanks to all those who volunteered to be on the Wilmington Historical Society’s Ironman team.

MANY/Pomeroy Grant for History

The Wilmington Historical is pleased to announce that it is one of 14 historical institutions in New York State to be awarded a grant for capital needs by the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History, a partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and Museum Association of New York (MANY). With this grant, the Wilmington Historical Society has purchased new technology including a laptop computer to help volunteer staff to digitize the collection and increase efficiency for entering data as well as creating digital copies of documents and photographs off-site with a portable wand scanner. A state-of-the-art projector and indoor/outdoor screen were also purchased which opens the possibility of outdoor projection programs.

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