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Junior Board


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Junior Board


The Watson-Brown Foundation supports historic preservation in part through its Junior Board of Trustees, a talented group of local high school students whose exclusive mission is to preserve local history. This educational initiative fosters civic responsibility, heightens an appreciation for local history, and introduces the students to the world of philanthropy.

The Thomson Chapter of the Junior Board awards up to $30,000 in grant funding to organizations involved in historic preservation projects in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) of Georgia and South Carolina.

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Student Application


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Student Application


The Junior Board accepts new member applications from April through mid-September. New members accepted onto the Board will be notified in early October.

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Grant Application


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Grant Application


Grant applications for historic preservation projects are available in December and January. Applications must be in our office by date noted on application to be eligible for consideration. Organizations interested in applying for funds are encouraged to meet with the Junior Board Coordinator, Michelle Zupan, prior to applying.  Grant projects must be related to historic preservation.  Grants are not available for completed projects.  The maximum amount that may be requested is $30,000 per year.  Only one application per organization per year will be accepted. Applicants may NOT apply to both the Junior Board and the Watson-Brown Foundation Board within the same fiscal year. 

For more information about the Thomson Junior Board chapter, its historic preservation grants, or its membership policies, please contact Michelle Zupan at (706) 595-7777 or by e-mail at mzupan@hickory-hill.org.    

**For information about the Milledgeville Junior Board chapter please contact Matt Davis at (478) 445-4545. And for the Athens Junior Board chapter please contact Ashleigh Oatts at (706) 369-3513. Be sure to mail your application to the appropriate Board Coordinator! 

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Previously Funded Projects


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Previously Funded Projects


2016-2017

Heritage Council of North Augusta             $ 2000           Book publication

Augusta Museum of History                         $ 3848            Negative digitization

Lincoln County Historical Society               $ 2640             Painting historic house

Hometown Warrenton                                   $ 5811               Audio narration devices

Taliaferro Board of Commissioners              $ 3690             Audio narration devices

Springfield Community Center                    $  500              Interpretive materials

Aiken County Historical Museum               $ 3000             Virtual field trip

Lucy Craft Laney Museum                           $ 1500              Oral history collection

Robert Toombs House Historic Site            $10,000           Repair of historic plaster

2015-2016

Thomson-McDuffie CVB                               $13,015           Roof on the Rock House

Historic Augusta                                              $ 5065            Porch reconstruction

Lincoln County Historical Society                 $ 8000           Roof on Reid House

Thomson Memorial Cemetery, Inc                $ 6920            Fence painting

2014-2015

Abbeville Historical Society                             $ 6500             slave cabin stabilization

Augusta Canal Heritage Area                         $ 3000             digitize oral histories

Lincoln Co Historical Society                        $ 2900             pole barn construction

Thomson Memorial Cemetery                        $ 3300             grave research

Augusta Museum of History                           $ 5000             digitize photo negatives

Hack Augusta                                                    $ 7300             floor restoration

SRS Heritage Foundation                               $ 5000             collect and digitize oral histories

2013-2014

 Callaway Plantation                                         $  2850            Balcony repairs

Christ Community Health Services                $  3336            Cottage restoration

Lincoln County Historical Society                  $  4800            Storage barn for turpentine still

McCormick Arts Council                                 $  5000            Window replacement

Thomson Memorial Cemetery                         $12,000           Headstone restoration

Warrenville Community Christian Council     $   5000           Cemetery restoration

2012-2013

Historic Cottage Cemetery                             $  2330            headstone conservation

McDuffie Museum                                           $  8080            quilt conservation

Heritage Academy                                           $  9100            roof repair

  Robert Toombs House                                    $13,445           warming kitchen ceiling joists

2011-2012

 Aiken County Historical Society                    $  2075            Historic Marker

 Augusta Museum of History                           $  6600            Archival supplies for artifacts

Robert Toombs House                                       $  6250            Plaster work and ceiling stabilization

Historic Augusta                                                $  5775            Plaster repair

McCormick Arts Council                                 $12,300            Roof repairs

2010-2011

Robert Toombs House                                    $   3465           Historic Structures Report

Georgia NSDAR                                              $18,000           Restoration at Meadow Garden

 McCormick Arts Council                                $   7525           Reconstruct rear porch

Morris Museum of Art                                     $   4358           Reproduction frames for paintings    

2009-2010

Edgefield Community Development             $  2625            Signage and markers

Heritage Academy                                           $  7875            Architectural costs

Robert Toombs House                                     $10,500           Bees and façade evaluation

North Wilkes Museum & Archives                $12,000           Replace windows

2008-2009

Aiken County Historical Society                     $  1725            Historical Marker

Barnwell County Museum                              $  1500            Preservation of a scrapbook

Lincoln County Historical Society                   $  1700            Moving of a turpentine still

McCormick Arts Council                                $  1300            Archival supplies

Morris Museum of Art                                     $  4700            Reframing 19th century paintings

North Wilkes Museum & Archives                 $  7000            Building restoration

Washington Historical Museum                      $  5000            Exhibit cases

2007-2008

Historic Wrightsboro Foundation                   $  1500            Emergency grant, Rock House repairs

 Thomson-McDuffie County CVB                 $  8900            Cellphone tours of historic sites

Historic Wrightsboro Foundation                   $  5000            Intern Rock House HP district forms

 Warren County Historical Society               $10,000           Restoration in historic gymnasium

 Callaway Plantation                                        $  1450            Restore historic gardens and cotton fields

2006 - 2007
Abbeville Historic Preservation Commission - $5,100 - stabilize restroom
Friends of the Augusta Public Library - $5,750 - restoration of support building Appleby Library
Lincoln County Historical Society - $5,900 - relocation of historic country store
McCormick Arts Council of the Keturah - $1,750 - purchase of archival storage materials

2005 - 2006
Burke County Genealogical Society - $8,102 - Painting conservation
U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum - $6,500 - Restoration of a pole truck
Morris Museum of Art - $5,000 - Digitization of a film collection
Washington Little Theatre - $2,798 - Building repairs
Elbert County Chamber of Commerce - $2,000 - Interpretive Signage
Robert Toombs House - $600 - Landscape restoration

2004 - 2005
Jefferson County Historical Society - $3,200 - book reprint for a fundraiser
Lincoln County Historical Society - $14,000 - restoration of a grist mill
McDuffie County Commission - $400 - Wrightsboro cemetary conservation
Washington Historical Museum - $5,600 - banner conservation
Washington Historical Museum - $1,500 - exhibit improvements

2003 - 2004
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce - $1,500 - walking tour brochure
McDuffie County - $5,000 - Wrightsboro cemetary conservation
Old Capitol Museum - $15,000 - flag conservation

2002 - 2003
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art - $4,000 - building restoration
Jefferson County Historical Society - $1,200 - museum improvements
McDuffie Museum - $5,000 - museum renovation
Mary Willis Library - $10,000 - roof replacement
Thomson Memorial Cemetary - $1,000 - landscaping improvements
Warren County Chamber of Commerce - $3,000 - Knox Theatre restoration

2001 - 2002 
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce - $7,500 - Civil War trail preservation
Jefferson County Historical Society - $5,000 - museum renovations
Jefferson County Historical Society - $1,000 - archaeological cemetary research
Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce - $10,000 - restoration of depot
Thomson Memorial Cemetary - $800 - landscaping improvements

2000 - 2001
Bowden-Johnson House - $2,000 - archival supplies
Thomson Memorial Cemetary - $13,400 - preservation & landscaping
Washington Historical Museum - $5,000 - security & lighting