by P. Carter Newton, publisher
Excerpt courtesy of Galena Gazette
For 25-plus years, the Galena Foundation tackled one project after another in pursuit of its mission: to support people and organizations engaging in projects which preserve Galena’s heritage and unique culture.
The Foundation supported big and small projects thanks to donations, large and small, from the community.
For these efforts, the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois honored the Foundation recently with its Richard H. Driehaus award for community leadership, the most prestigious award of the organization and the preservation community.
This is the organization’s second Driehaus award. In the late 1990s the city of Galena and the Galena Foundation received a project award for the steps renovation project which included the Firehouse steps next to the Galena United Methodist Church, Green Street steps (also known as the Old High School Steps) and the steps behind the library up toward Prospect Street.
The Foundation has also supported Turner Hall and installed the fencing at the Old City Cemetery.