MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Historical Society is pleased to announce the receipt of a 2016 Grant for Historic Preservation from The 1772 Foundation, in cooperation with The New Jersey Historic Trust. Twenty-five New Jersey nonprofit organizations shared in the total funds of $290,000. (Grants also were awarded in Connecticut and Rhode Island.)

The MCHS is one of 11 New Jersey organizations fully funded for the maximum request of $15,000. The grants are available for exterior repair and restoration projects, and require a one-to-one match from the recipient. The MCHS will use the funds to help cover the costs associated with installation of a new, historically-accurate slate roof on Acorn Hall.

"The Morris County Historical Society is so grateful for the continued support of both The 1772 Foundation and The New Jersey Historic Trust," said MCHS Executive Director Amy Curry. She added, "They've been deeply invested in the preservation of both Acorn Hall and our landscape over the past few years, especially. The roofing project is substantial, both for the restoration of Acorn Hall and for the MCHS, financially. We're so appreciative of the help."

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The 1772 Foundation was named in honor of its first restoration project, Liberty Hall in Union, NJ, which was built in 1772 and is the ancestral home of the Livingston and Kean families. The late Stewart B. Kean was the original benefactor of The 1772 Foundation. The 1772 Foundation works to ensure the safe passage of our historic buildings and farmland to future generations. The 1772 Foundation may be found at www.1772foundation.org.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1945, is a member supported 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to discover, preserve, promote, and interpret the history of Morris County and New Jersey as it relates to Morris County through events, programs, exhibits, publications, and preservation advocacy.