The Trenton Historical Museum, located at the corner of St. Joseph and Third streets, has been home to Trenton’s rich history for half a century. Former home of John and Sarah Moore, this impressive bracketed style house with its gingerbread trim and green shutters, popular to the period, was greatly admired by the townsfolk when built back in the late 1800s.

                As with any 100-plus year structure, time has taken its toll and its aged foundation and facade are in need of some tender loving care.

                The Trenton Historical Commission will kick-off a grassroots fundraising effort to restore the museum to its former glory — one puzzle piece at a time — at the Trenton Christmas Parade,  just in time for holiday gift-giving.

                Jigsaw puzzles were a popular pastime during the Victorian era. It is quite possible that the Moore family spent many nights in their parlor sharing quality family time while fitting tiny pieces of a puzzle together. This vision inspired the “Puzzle Pieces for Preservation” campaign.

                A 2,000-piece puzzle of the museum has been created and will be on display at various locations around town throughout the campaign. Puzzle pieces can be sponsored with a donation of $30 each — a perfect holiday gift for that hard to buy for person on your gift-giving list.

                Watch as the puzzle is put together, piece by piece, with every donation. The goal of this fundraising campaign is to raise the $60,000 needed to put the pieces of the Historical Museum back together.

                The Trenton Firefighter’s Charities has agreed to collect funds through their organization.  They have a 501(c)3 not-for-profit status so that donors can make tax deductible donations to this organization and utilize the memo section of the check to state that it is for the museum renovation.

                The Historical Commission hopes residents and others will consider sponsoring a piece of the museum puzzle with a donation and help secure Trenton’s rich history for years to come.  For more information contact the Historical Commission at (734) 675-6500 or visit www.trentonmi.org.

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