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Ridgefield Thrift Shop Grant Protects Ridgefield History

Thank you to our friends and philanthropists at the Ridgefield Thrift Shop (RTS) for their generous 2022 grant, which was awarded to the Ridgefield Historical Society (RHS) earlier this month.
Ridgefield Historical Society Team members (l to r), Nancy Selander, Sara Champion, Nancy Rowe, Tracy Seem, Betsy Reid, Sue Law (also with the RTS) and Ridgefield Thrift Shop volunteer, Jennifer, receiving the generous 2022 RTS Grant.

Thank you to our friends and philanthropists at the Ridgefield Thrift Shop (RTS) for their generous grant, which was awarded to the Ridgefield Historical Society (RHS) earlier this month.

The Thrift Shop gift will support a large-scale project aimed to resolve water drainage issues which threaten the RHS’s most precious commodity, our Archive. The RHS Archive houses a collection of over 10,000 artifacts and documents representing the history of Ridgefield, from centuries past to present day.

In recent years, heavy rains and a clogged drain have resulted in occasional flooding in the Scott House basement utility room, near where the Collection is stored. While the RHS team has managed emergent needs, a permanent solution is needed.

With the RTS’s support, the Historical Society can begin work to address the root causes of the water seepage issues and continue to protect the history and heritage of Ridgefield for centuries to come.

Not a glamorous project, per se, but an exceptionally impactful, worthy, and invaluable initiative. Thank you, Ridgefield Thrift Shop, for your extraordinary generosity to the Ridgefield Historical Society and all of Ridgefield, and for continuing to make both shopping — and purging! — such a rewarding experience.



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