JOHNSBURG - Johnsburg Historical Society recently receive a $500 grant award from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Foundation for a public history project benefitting the town of Johnsburg.
The restricted funds will be used toward the research and design of interpretive signs reflecting the historical nature of select public buildings throughout the township. Initially, this project scope is concentrating on 10 buildings with the hope future funds can be secured to develop signs for more buildings.
These historical signs will be 18 by 24 inches in size and in full color. The design will incorporate a narrative about the building's age and its business and tenant history, as well as a historical photo.
Several years ago, JHS compiled a booklet called "Main Street North Creek" that combined historical photos juxtaposed with contemporary ones of buildings along Main Street. This new project will use some of the material in that booklet as well as additional research. Also, on the sign will be a simple map indicating the locations of other such markers in the hamlet. These signs are modeled after historical markers seen in Vermont.
The signs will be fabricated on Alubond, an aluminum material that is suitable to withstand weather. Grommets will allow the sign to be affixed to the building, or the sign can also be placed in the window at the building owner's discretion. Funds to fabricate the sign will be generated by interested business owners at the cost of $65 each.
This public history project is a great opportunity to promote the township's historical past to the thousands of visitors who make their way to the town of Johnsburg while also informing the community's citizens about the buildings they see every day.