To celebrate the historic bicentennial year in Illinois, REALTOR® Assocation of Northwestern Illinois (RANWIL) partnered with the Galena Foundation to support local area history. Partnering in several ways, RANWIL REALTORS® provided funding and volunteer support, including a lifetime membership to the organization. In addition, local REALTORS® spent a day at President U.S. Grant Home State Historical Site in Galena to update the fence with new paint.  

“It is an honor for RANWIL to be a contributor to the Galena Historical Foundation. Galena is one of the most historical and unique villages in Illinois and we are proud to be a part of this important work of protecting and preserving a true Illinois treasure,” said Pam Borowski, RANWIL CEO.  

The Galena Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that was formed over 30 years ago with the sole purpose of preserving Galena and its heritage through the efforts of its community members. Today, the board of nine upholds the foundation’s original mission of initiating and providing financial support to areas of need in Galena. The foundation’s efforts in restoration, preservation, and grant funding, allow residents and visitors the opportunity to walk amongst history.

REALTORS® across the state worked with heart in their communities to complete projects like this to commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial. The project is one more than 30 legacy projects supported by local REALTOR® associations.

Projects include fundraising for local historic home improvements and community murals or promoting local historical properties and societies. Illinois REALTORS® donated land in downtown Springfield next to its headquarters and built Bicentennial Plaza – a REALTOR® Community Partnership, which is a signature project of the state bicentennial celebrations.

The association is an official endorsed partner with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which oversees the state’s plans for the milestone birthday.

This blog post is part of a series covering Illinois REALTORS® local associations legacy projects leading up to the state of Illinois 200th Birthday on December 3, 2018. Learn more.

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