Today the CFO hosted an educational and historical tour of Springfield for donors, guided by John Sellars, the executive director of The History Museum on the Square. The two-hour event took the crew on a bus tour, where they learned historical facts about local landmarks. For instance, did you know the lobby of the Gillioz Theatre was a Chinese laundry before the theater was built? Or that the Landmark Building on Jefferson Street sits on the spot where Springfield’s first school, Central School, was built in the late 1800s? Also: Founders Park was the site of the first settlement that eventually became Springfield, and Christ Episcopal Church is the oldest Springfield church with continuous services.
The History Museum on the Square (formerly the History Museum for Springfield-Grenee County) is now located on Park Central Square in the former Barth’s building, and plans to expand to the buildings to the east. The featured exhibit currently focuses on the Birthplace of Route 66. The CFO is proud to partner with organizations like The History Museum that enhance the quality of life in our area.
Donors should stay tuned for more educational and appreciation events.