cobblestone house 031122ELGIN – The Elgin Area Historical Society will be receiving a much-needed financial boost to go toward the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House project, thanks to support from State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin).

“The Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House is a unique architectural landmark in Elgin,” Castro said. “The historical society has been hard at work updating the house for public use, and this funding will help the organization meet their vision as they continue to look toward the future.”

Overseen by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program is open to any museum operated by a local government or built on municipally owned land. The program will distribute a total of $19.7 million in grants to 36 Illinois museums for facility improvement and development of new exhibits.

The Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House project will receive $64,200 for upgrading the house and maintaining its historical integrity. According to the Elgin History Museum, which oversees the project, the house will eventually be utilized as a public event space including gallery spaces, work rooms for community projects, meeting spaces for small local groups and a setting for educational programs.

“The Elgin History Museum is grateful to receive this Illinois state grant to finish the rehabilitation of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House,” said Elizabeth Marston, director of the Elgin History Museum. “The City of Elgin and the Elgin History Museum plan to open the building as a community education center later this year. Thanks to the many project partners who have helped to bring this uniquely styled building back to life.”

Follow along for updates to the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House project on the organization’s Facebook page and learn more on the Elgin History Museum website