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Kingsley-Jenter House Community Place – Fundraising Campaign Begins!

By BergRay - Posted on 03 June 2016

On May 9, the Manchester Area Historical Society launched its new fundraising campaign for the Kingsley-Jenter House, its headquarters at 302 E. Main Street. This fundraising is specifically focused on creating a repurposed and upgraded community meeting place, which can accommodate many needs in our community for small groups and events in a setting of Manchester area artifacts and displays.

The Society has received approval from the State of Michigan for a “Public Spaces Community Places” grant, wherein the State’s Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority will match funds we raise locally towards improving this public space.

We have set a $40,000 fundraising goal. If we meet the $40,000 goal by July 7, 2016, the State will MATCH our raised funds dollar-for-dollar, giving us an $80,000 budget! If we don’t reach our goal, the state gives us $0!

We need your help! We want to be sure and hit this goal by July 7. The State has set up the project through a crowd-funding approach, which allows credit card donations on-line, as well as check or cash donations made directly to the Historical Society to be credited to the campaign. Full details on the project and a project video are available at:

Be sure to watch the video which explains the project! Check in from time-to-time and watch our progress towards the goal.

Download our campaign flyer for more details!

What the money will do:

• Reroof the building
• Repair gutters, downspouts, fascia boards and soffits
• Repair plaster and repaint the main assembly room
• Purchase furnishings and fixtures for main assembly hall (chairs, tables, cabinets, lighting, projection equipment)
• Establish a galley/catering room for food service at meetings
• Create a public gallery and exhibit area
• Improve ADA accessibility
• Install new heating and cooling system for the gallery

Please contact Ray Berg at or cell 248-765-9324 with any questions. Thank you!
Facebook: Manchester Area Historical Society

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