‘It’s Affirming’: Chenango County Historical Society Receives State Funding

Chenango Co. Historical Society Sign in Norwich, NY
Chenango Co. Historical Society Sign in Norwich, NY(WBNG 12 News)
Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 5:46 PM EST
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NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) -- The Chenango County Historical Society has received funding through the New York State Council on the Arts. According to the organization they will get about $49,500 to help with their operating budget.

Director of CCHS Jessica Moquin says they already have a plan on how they will use the funding.

“(The state) asked us to put together a budget so we mimicked a percentage based on our general operating budget and so the funding we received is just about 30%.” Moquin said. “We have different departments or categories that we split our operating budget into and so part of the application was to put the percentages.”

Moquin says it feels good to be recognized by state officials. “It’s very affirming to know that the New York State Council of the Arts and the Governor and the state as a whole believe in the work that we’re doing here at the Chenango County Historical Society.”

She adds that this funding comes as a relief to her and her staff.

“We’ve lasted through some pretty challenging years here and it’s very exciting to be able to take a breath and move into a new year knowing that we are fiscally solvent and that we are financially ready to move forward with some great ideas and programs and plans that we had to press pause on with just coping through the public health crisis,” she said.

She says even though they have received this funding, they will still rely on the support of those in the community.

“We’ll still need the community to come and visit us and support us however they possibly can so while we’re super excited about this support it just means we have additional work to do and we can’t wait to collaborate with the community in the future,” she said.