Federated makes donations to history organizations
JACKSON — Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, recently presented a donation totaling $7,500 to both the Jackson County Historical Society and the Martin County Historical Society. Federated took advantage of matching funds from two organizations to triple the impact.
“Federated donated $2,500, then secured matching funds from the CoBank’s Sharing Success Program and Basin Electric Cooperative,” stated Federated’s General Manager Scott Reimer. “Cooperatives are concerned about their local communities; we saw this as a way to help each organization accomplish a major project and assist in preserving that local history.”
The Jackson County Historical Society in Lakefield started a $300,000 building addition campaign this year to increase the size of its artifact storage with a 50x96-foot addition at its existing site.
“We will preserve the front half of the old pole barn, gain additional storage and gain more room for additional displays,” said Mike Kirchmeier, Jackson County Historical Society’s executive director. “Originally, we hoped to raise money over the next year and possibly start construction in 2020.
“We have a potential contribution from Jackson County Commissioners of $78,000, plus Federated’s and other donations bring us to $93,832,” Kirchmeier added. “There is a separate account set up for these funds and we will continue to raise funds until we reach the point that the project can become a reality. We hope this shows this is a viable project and more funds will be generated.”