NUNDA – The Nunda Historical Society will use a $1,275 grant to purchase video equipment to help it create virtual museum tours, online activities, local history videos and record future programs and historical interviews.
Awarded through the Pomeroy Fund for New York State History, the grant award will come in especially handy as the society grapples with how to best conduct its mission of preserving, presenting and promoting Nunda area history during the coronavirus pandemic, said society President Tom Cook.
“Like other historical societies and museums, we have had to close our building and cancel all our monthly programs and activities,” said Cook in a statement Wednesday. “We have also had to suspend our educational outreach to our local school and home school families, including classroom visits and museum tours. It is unclear when we can resume our normal programming.”
While Cook said he’s unsure of what the society’s “new normal” will look like, he was hopeful that, with its new video equipment, the society could start uploading content to its website and Facebook page as early as this summer.
The Nunda Historical Society was one of 31 such history-related organizations in the state to receive grant awards of between $1,000 and $2,000. In all, about $50,000 in grants were awarded to the organizations.
Launched in partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the Museum Association of New York, the Pomeroy Fund for New York State History is providing the grants for organizations to use to purchase computer hardware or software, gain internet access or expand bandwidth, pay for utilities, and secure facilities and collections.
“History organizations help to enrich our communities,” said Bill Pomeroy, founder of his namesake foundation. “The Pomeroy Fund for New York Sate History was established to provide much needed assistance during these challenging times. This was a very competitive grant program and our hope is that the funding that’s been awarded will make a meaningful difference in the time ahead.”
The Warsaw Historical Society and Java Historical Society, both in Wyoming County, also received grant awards.