The town of Huntsville has agreed to provide $25,000 to the Madill Church Preservation Society to show its support and help the community organization raise an additional $100,000 it hopes to receive through a grant from Canadian Heritage.
At its January 24 meeting, the Board learned that the Society had successfully raised $70,000 and that fundraising efforts continue as it strives to reach a goal of $250,000.
According to a letter submitted to council by Madill Church Preservation Society President Carolynn MacKay, the church is recognized as one of the few remaining square log buildings in Ontario. “This historically significant monument was built by pioneer families to serve as a hub for the community.”
She noted that once the building, which will be 150 years old in 2023, is restored, it will be available to rent for family events and will also serve as a hub for artists and musicians wishing to organize art exhibitions and small gigs.
MacKay also explained that “the history of the church and its founding families will be told through artifacts and interpretive exhibits.”
The letter notes that if the Society is unable to obtain the grant, it will continue with its restoration plan in May 2022 and focus on priorities such as structural deficiencies while continuing to raise more funds.
The Company has also developed a three-year plan for the events she hopes to take place at the church once it is restored.
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