Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Group aims to raise funds

Auction, dinner aid preservation

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY — An auction and barbecue, the first fund-raiser to benefit the recently formed Montgomery Historical Preservation Association, will be held this weekend.

        The Montgomery Historical Society, founded in 1970, and the newly formed Montgomery Preservation Association, both volunteer organizations, recently merged to better coordinate activities, said spokeswoman Mary Lou Rose.

        “Our mission is to help save historic buildings in the city. Our community has never used state or federal money for such efforts. Since the city can't be expected to purchase every (historic structure), our job it to help find funds” for such acquisitions, Mrs. Rose said.

        The auction and barbecue will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Wilder Swaim House at Cooper and Montgomery roads, with the auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a silent auction as well as items sold by auctioneer. The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. at nearby Swaim Lodge. Auction and dinner cost $25 per person.

        “We have received a number of antiques and other items,” Mrs. Rose said. “We have a pair of antique skis, a table, cigar press, china and glassware, and more to come. Most of it has been donated by group members. ... We are optimistic we'll have a good turnout,” Mrs. Rose said.

        There is still time to donate items for auction.

       Reservations: By mail, $25 per person, to Wilder Swaim House, 7650 Cooper Road, Cincinnati 45242; or call 793-0515. To donate auction items call Diane Eberhard, 791-2459, or Nancy Cleary, 489-3543.


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