Thursday, December 24, 2015

2014 Joe Miller Trust Contribution

Mission accomplished. Kim Keuter from Galena State Bank recently presented a check to The Galena Foundation on behalf of the Joe Miller Trust in the amount of $33,408.69 as its 2014 contribution.

The money will be used to make the final payment --$22,198.84--to the city of Galena for the depot restoration project. The balance will be applied to a matching grant for the Old Market House State Historic Site restoration project in the amount of $10,775 and to the Hess Farm House on Ferry Landing Road, owned by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, in the amount of $434.85.

From left: David Wilmarth, Galena Foundation treasurer; Ken Robb, Galena Foundation board member;
 Charles Marsden, Galena Foundation president; and Keuter.  Hillary Dickerson photo.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New book on Galena out next week

Courtesy of Galena Gazette

GALENA–The Galena Foundation is starting a new fundraiser in a new way.
The Galena Foundation has partnered with author Phil Aleo, to write a book, “Galena, Illinois–A Timeless Treasure.” This 320-page book is filled with old and new pictures and narrative about Galena. The book will be released in Galena on Dec. 9, and will be available at different venues around town.

An ad in next week’s Gazette will provide specific information as to where the book will be available, and where the author will be available for book signings. 

The Galena Foundation was organized more than 30 years ago by a group wishing to preserve Galena, its heritage and history. The Foundation’s mission is to initiate and/or provide financial support for community projects which preserve, enhance or nurture Galena’s heritage, culture and quality of life. 

The Foundation has recently partnered with the city of Galena and finished work on the accurate restoration of the Galena Train Depot. One of next year’s projects will be working in the restoration of Grant Park. The Foundation is also in the process of registering a total database of Galena’s historic district at

For more information about the work of the Foundation, to purchase a book or to donate to the Foundation, email

The Foundation has a nine-member board of directors. For more information, visit