The Society is pleased to announce a generous donation from the Trucksis family, in honor of Jane Neff Trucksis, to support the Orange Johnson Window Replacement Fund. Jane was a longtime leader, curator, patron, and volunteer at the Society, and her family will contribute both funds to match prior donations to the Society made in Jane’s memory, as well as matching all donations to the window campaign from 9/1/2016 through 12/31/2016 or until the goal of $40,000 is achieved. This support, for which the Society is deeply appreciative, will help significantly in ensuring the Society can complete the project in a timely manner.
Jane Trucksis, and her many contributions to the Society, are remembered daily. She was deeply passionate about the success of the WHS, and played an integral part of the restoration of the Orange Johnson House. Her leadership and dedication to the museum, the collections, day to day operations, and events over numerous decades is remembered fondly by the community. The donation of funds for the Orange Johnson House Window Replacement is a fitting tribute to Jane’s memory and her many outstanding contributions to the historic site and the Society as a whole.
In the spring of 2017, the Society plans to replace the thirteen windows in the 1819 wing of the Orange Johnson House. Existing windows, which are not original to the house, are deteriorating. The roof work and tuck-pointing in previous years have addressed a good part of the OJ exterior; now new windows have become a critical need.
Replacing the windows will help maintain a stable environment for our collections, including the restored Tröndlin fortepiano. Replacement will also allow the Society to replicate the windows seen in a late 19th century photographs. Research and interviews with experts have been conducted to identify determine the best company to make quality hand-crafted windows to match the original style of the Federal period.
To help the Worthington Historical Society reach its goal of raising $40,000 for this project, you are invited to make a donation to the Orange Johnson House Window Fund. Contributions can be mailed to the WHS, 50 West New England Ave, Worthington OH 43085 or made online using Paypal.