Grundy Foundation’s CanDoMore Campaign benefits Bristol Borough community

Efforts this year will enhance the collections, grounds and educational outreach of the Grundy Museum

Source: The Grundy Museum

For more than 50 years, the Grundy Museum and Grundy Library, entities of the Grundy Foundation, have made opportunities to have fun, socialize with old friends or make new ones, learn a skill or trade, be inspired, or prepare for a personal or professional transformation.

In support of these programs and services to meet the ever-growing needs of the Bristol Borough community, the Grundy Foundation announced the launch of its third phase of the CanDoMore Campaign.

The 2019-2020 CanDoMore Campaign focuses on enhancing and making more accessible the collections, grounds and educational outreach of the Grundy Museum, located at 610 Radcliffe St., Bristol. Last year, total visitation eclipsed 3,100 persons. A great way to learn of Bristol Borough’s rich history and its significance in the development of our country and county is touring the museum and hearing the stories behind the history that binds us.

Scheduled for financing are museum exhibit and educational materials to help immerse school students and visitors in the Victorian era, landscaping projects to transform part of the Radcliffe Street campus to a Victorian garden inspired by the Grundy estate at Walnut Grove, and an orientation film to introduce visitors to the Grundy family legacy.

During the campaign, contributors can directly sponsor certain items from among the proposed education and landscaping purchases, or contribute to film production costs. To donate, or for more information, click “donate” at grundymuseum.org.

Between 2017-2018, the CanDoMore Campaign raised more than $47,000 to enhance public access to library archival materials and expand the number of museum passes available to the public to borrow for free access to lending museums and cultural attractions.

Through generous donations, the library purchased state-of-the-art scanning equipment for its archives department and, to date, has scanned more than 3,500 photographs. During the second half of 2018, community savings in admission fees to regional institutions exceeded $37,000.

Also through generous support, an automated reservation system was implemented in June 2018, allowing patrons to reserve passes two months in advance.