Staff reports

The Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland has awarded the Southern Oregon Historical Society a $100,000 capacity-building grant &

the largest grant in the heritage organization's 61 years.

The grant will be paid over two years and will allow the Society to expand its revenue-producing activities related to its Collections and at historic Hanley Farm.

"This grant from the Meyer trust is a huge vote of confidence in the historical society," said John Enders, SOHS executive director. "We know how tight grant moneys are these days, and how much demand there is for that money. We are so proud of having been selected for this grant."

The funds will be used to expand mission-related revenue-producing activities, especially at Hanley Farm, located between Jacksonville and Central Point on Hanley Road, and to help produce and market historical products such as books, DVDs and photographic calendars.

The Southern Oregon Historical Society was founded in 1946. It operates two museums in Jacksonville, a historic Research Library in Medford, maintains and operates historic structures in Jacksonville and owns and operates Hanley Farm. Its permanent collection includes well over one million artifacts, documents and photographs. SOHS also conducts history-based programs and events for children and families.

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For more information about the Meyer Memorial Trust or its recent grants programs, go to .