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Nearly $48,000 given to nonprofits

Money part of Bowman Fund at Community Foundation

May 10, 2010
  • From left, Roberta Waltersdorf, Jane Hershey, James Manuel, all of the Bowman board, and David Beachley, chairman of the Community Foundation.
Submitted photo,

The Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. announced and presented grants awards of nearly $48,000 to local nonprofits.

The Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund is an endowment for promoting preservation, fine arts and history in Washington County.

The fund was established by the trustees of the Mary K. Bowman Fine Arts and Historical Trust when they decided to dissolve the trust and turn the assets over to the Community Foundation.

The trust has been in existence for more than 30 years, having been created by the estate of the late Mary K. Bowman in 1976.

Representatives of the Bowman board and the awarded organizations met at the Community Foundation May 4 to accept their checks and take a minute to describe how the funds will be used.

"Long term relationships like those that the Bowman board has developed would not be possible without endowments. That is what the Community Foundation is all about," said David Beachley, chairman of the Community Foundation.

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This year, the Bowman Advisory Committee received 13 grant requests from 11 organizations and awarded the following amounts:

o Hager House received a grant of $1.358.60 to add and upgrade audio-visual equipment to enhance the educational programs it offers.

o The Hagerstown Aviation Museum received a grant of $4,900 to support a project that will index a vast collection of archival materials and artifacts.

o The Maryland Theatre received $2,000 to assist with the physical restoration and revitalization of the historic building.

o Friends of Fort Frederick received a $5,000 grant to upgrade and improve current visitor center exhibits with the purchase of historical mannequins.

o Hagerstown Day Nursery received $3,186 to support cultural and educational experiences to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts for children enrolled at the East Washington Street nursery.

o The Maryland Symphony Orchestra received a grant of $7,500 to support the 2010-11 Kinder Konzerts series.

o The Washington County Historical Society received a grant for $5,080 to purchase and install a heat pump at the Beaver Creek School.

o Discovery Station at Hagerstown received $5,000 to support a historic exhibit featuring Moller organs.

o The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts received $6,500 for youth art education.

o Washington County Free Library received $6,730 to support the library's ongoing indexing of historic newspapers.

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