Monday, April 15, 2013

Organization of the Week: Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association



Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association. The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association was incorporated in 1913 as a non-profit organization “to honor and perpetuate the memory of Grover Cleveland." That year, the Association purchased the house and lot that Grover Cleveland grew up at, plus a lot along Arlington Avenue in Caldwell, New Jersey. Due to the Great Depression, the Association experienced financial difficulties and transferred ownership to the State of New Jersey. In 1986, the non-profit group was reactivated for the Sesquicentennial of Grover Cleveland's birth and to this day remains an active partner in helping the State maintain and promote this historic homestead.

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association acquires and donates objects appropriate to the collection and funds for the care of objects on exhibition and storage; garners donations of funds and services to the overall maintenance of the property through various organizations and individuals; provides assistance and research toward the continued preservation and interpretation of the site; publicizes various events throughout the year, including an annual conference, ice cream social, and a yearly birth commemoration in honor of Cleveland.

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association or to become a member or volunteer, please call 973-226-0001 or visit www.clevelandbirthplace.org.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization or know of one that you would like to see featured on this site, please let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com.


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