Building Fund for Expansion

$850 of $85,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 43 months
Ann Wright
for Broad River Genealogical Society

                                     "Save Our Heritage"

Dear Community Supporter:
Broad River Genealogical Society (BRGS) is currently engaged in an $85,000 “Save Our Heritage” fund-raising campaign.  Donations will support the building of a new facility behind our present building on County Home Road, Shelby, NC.  The new facility will increase floor space for research, meetings, training and expand the archive library to better serve our citizens and increase public accessibility.  Our current home (since 2001) has limited parking, poor visibility and access, and cramped storage for books, archives and other documents and our meetings are conducted at the Senior Center instead of at BRGS.

BRGS, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit (#58-1420605), was organized by a group of dedicated genealogists headed by historian Virginia DePriest and chartered in January, 1980.  It gathers, catalogues, and preserves the historical and genealogical records pertinent to our locale and citizens focusing on all the counties within and surrounding the Broad River Basin in North and South Carolina. BRGS is the only entity in Cleveland County dedicated exclusively to preserving local historic records and genealogical information.  

BRGS archives and library contain a large collection of local newspapers dating back to 1900, land grants, personal files and family histories, maps, bulletins from various states, as well as hundreds of publications on census, marriages, military and church records.  Membership excesses 300 and includes individuals, families, other genealogy societies, non-profit organizations and public libraries. 

Our staff and organization is operated exclusively by volunteers.  Volunteers open and staff our facility for public use twice weekly and additional hours upon request.  Volunteers assist individuals conducting research plus provide group training sessions to help the public in their quest for family information.  Our volunteers publish quarterly bulletins, “Eswau Huppeday” (Catawba) containing over 250 pages of historical and genealogical information each year.  Additionally, BRGS schedules a monthly meeting (2nd Sunday) with guest speakers for members and the public, free of charge, on topics relevant to local history.  
We are asking for your help.  We have just completed the  purchase of 1.7 acres of land behind our present location.    Please help us “Save Our Heritage” with a generous tax deductible donation as allowed by the laws.   On behalf of all the citizens of Cleveland County and genealogical researchers – THANK YOU!!
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We are slowly but surely saving for our building program. We continue to grow our collections for research. Our book collection of resources for genealogical research is rather impressive for such a small building. We would love for anyone in our area come by and see us and research your roots. We love to meet new people. Our annual Heritage day this year was cancelled due to the unexpected death of our President, Elizabeth Ellison. She will be greatly missed. She had so much energy and had many new ideas and projects in mind for us. We are a completely volunteer organization and we never charge anyone for help. Keep us in mind when you think about donating to non-profits. Donations are tax-deductible and we will gladly take any amount!
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We thank the people who have given to our building fund. We still have boxes of books with no where to put them. Our shelves are full. There is no space to put another file cabinet, so files are also in boxes. We are a completely volunteer organization and we have a deep-seated belief that our heritage should be preserved. We would love to expand our preservation services. We know that there are stories and papers that are being lost everyday that we don't have room for.
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We have recently acquired the Chattel Record Books from the Register of Deeds office here in Cleveland County. These are from 1950 - ? which are large books (similar to the large deed books) in the Register of Deeds office. At the present time we just don't have the space to store these. Our building needs are becoming dire. We will have to either buy a storage building, rent a storage building or find a member with enough extra space to store these for us. We would hate to see these records thrown away. We now have the land to build, but we do not have the funds.
We know that the economy today is not very prosperous for the average person, but we appreciate anything that we receive. Thank you.
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$850 of $85,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 43 months
Created May 6, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
Broad River Genealogical Society
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Shelby, NC
EIN: 581420605
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JohnieSue Roberts
40 months ago

While I can't offer much, I am happy to donate a little to help with your endeavors. All my maternal ancestors came from in and around Cleveland County, NC and I had the pleasure of researching in this little building a couple of years ago. It is bursting at the seams with genealogical gems from our past. I encourage any one with or without ties to contribute to a worthy cause and hope you reach your goal. Maybe I will be able to go back one day and look for more pieces of my history. Best of luck Broad River!!

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