Arthur Community Foundation Donates to Illinois Amish Heritage Center

The Arthur Community Foundation, represented by James Aikman (right), is seen presenting a check to the Illinois Amish Heritage Center, and President of the Board of Directors, Wilmer Otto.

The Arthur Community Foundation, represented by James Aikman, is seen presenting a check to the Illinois Amish Heritage Center, and President of the Board of Directors, Wilmer Otto.

The Foundation provided the Center with a Community Grant of $5,000 to help in the cost of the construction of the Visitor’s Center at the campus of the Living History Farm and Amish Museum.

The Visitor’s Center will be open year-round to teach visitors and Arthur-area residents about the history, faith, work, church, family and farming of the Amish.

Area school children will visit to learn about agriculture and farm life in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Farming with horse, cattle, other livestock, gardening, food preservation, home life and small Amish businesses will be demonstrated on site for a full learning opportunity.

The Arthur Community Foundation was started as a way for people to give back to the community they call home. Funds received by the foundation are managed professionally and the earnings are used for local charitable projects such as the planned visitor center.

Other projects that the Foundation has funded include the ALAH High School 1:1 device initiative, Arthur Police Force K-9 unit, Arthur Park District scoreboard, Douglas County CEO program, scholarships for dual-credit students at ALAH High School, and the Arthur Nursing Home/Eberhardt Village new bus.

For more information, to make a request for a Community Grant, or to make a donation, contact James Aikman, Foundation President, at 217-259-9603.

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