The scaffolding is starting to go up and dust barriers are installed for the window replacement project at The Orange Johnson House!
The Society will 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. New storm windows will be added following the installation of the new window sashes; funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Worthington Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
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.
Funding for the windows has been made possible by generous donations our membership and the Worthington community which were matched by the Trucksis family in memory of Jane Neff Trucksis. Jane was a longtime leader, curator, patron, and volunteer at the Society. The Society is deeply appreciative, will help significantly in ensuring the Society can complete the project.
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.