Museum donor offering challenge


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John Swearingen Jr., executive director of the Fulton County Historical Society, and Kay Roth, Historical Society trustee, showcase photo tiles for the new museum’s photo mural.


The Fulton County Historical Society’s $1 million capital campaign was boosted with an offer from an anonymous donor to match dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 for every tile that is sold for the mosaic mural that will be displayed on the back wall of the lobby in the new Fulton County Museum and Welcome Center on State Route 108.

“The mosaic mural is a great way for people to contribute to our project, while also preserving their place in Fulton County history,” said John Swearingen Jr., executive director of the Fulton County Historical Society. “Each photo tile represents a family or business in Fulton County, either past or present.”

The larger mosaic mural image comprised of four by four inch tiles will span the back of the lobby wall. “Our new timeline exhibit will tell the story through the eyes of six men and six women, one from each township, who have been influential in Fulton County history,” Swearingen said. “When guests arrive to the Welcome Center, they will immediately get a feel for the important culture and quality of life we have to offer here through this photo mural.”

The mosaic mural will be comprised of the photo tiles. When displayed, the larger image will depict the image of the Fulton County men and women listed above. One four-by-four tile can be purchased for $100, four eight-by-eight tiles for $400, and nine 12-by-12 tiles for $900.

Time and tiles are running out, and from June through September those who donate tiles will essentially double their gift due to the anonymous donation offer, Swearingen said.

The campaign has raised over $470,000 of its goal to transform the new museum space into an interactive, historical, educational, and economic entity for Fulton County. Plans include a permanent timeline exhibit, special exhibit space, reading room, research room, archives, and event spaces.

For information on how to purchase a tile, visit the Historical Society at 229 Monroe St. in Wauseon, call 419-337-7922 or email museum@fultoncountyhs.org.

John Swearingen Jr., executive director of the Fulton County Historical Society, and Kay Roth, Historical Society trustee, showcase photo tiles for the new museum’s photo mural.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/05/web1_donation.jpgJohn Swearingen Jr., executive director of the Fulton County Historical Society, and Kay Roth, Historical Society trustee, showcase photo tiles for the new museum’s photo mural.

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