By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TRENTON – It’s planned as a fundraiser, but those who help take care of the city’s history hope to do more than raise donations with the upcoming Bowling for Dollars to support restoration of the Trenton Historical Museum.
“We’re trying to keep people interested,” said Nada Frost, vice president of the Trenton Historical Society, a non-profit group which serves as caretaker of the Moore-Boelter house – a late 1800s home on St. Joseph Street in which the city’s past is treasured. “We’re just trying to keep our museum.”
Efforts to restore the historic house have been hit-or-miss in recent years, and organizers hope that Bowling for Dollars from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 will help boost support. A $20 fee includes three games of bowling at Ten Pins of Trenton, 2591 Fort St., with proceeds benefitting the museum restoration effort.
The society – along with event hosts the appointed Trenton Historical Commission – has for about half a century collected and maintained the city’s historical artifacts in the former home of John and Sarah Moore. While many of the city’s artifacts are archived at the high school, the museum stands as a testament to life in the late 1800s, with rooms and furnishings period-appropriate to include a wood-burning stove and chamber pots.
Funding has come through Community Development Block Grant money among other sources, although recent grants were deferred to other projects.
“There have been improvements,” Frost said.
Windows had been installed as a result of donations, as have a new furnace, air conditioning and a restored foundation.
More is needed, however, to include rehabilitation on the century-plus old façade.
“It’s deteriorating very rapidly,” Frost said. “We’re hoping to finish the outside and replace the downstairs windows.”
Tickets for Bowling for Dollars are available at Trenton City Hall, 2800 Third St., and will also be available at the event.
For information on the museum go to www.trentonhistoricalsociety.org.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected])