December 23, 2009: Webster Family Fund/ ECCF Award to LHC

For Immediate Release 12/23/2009

The Lawrence History Center has been awarded a three thousand dollar grant from The Webster Family Fund at the Essex County Community Foundation. Lawrence History Center will use the grant funds to continue critical repairs to the historic Essex Company complex located at 6 Essex Street which is the home of the Lawrence History Center.
Lawrence History Center~Immigrant City Archives was founded by German immigrant, Eartha Dengler in 1978 to preserve the history of Lawrence and her people. Settling in the greater Lawrence area--home to wave after wave of immigrants who had come first from Europe, then from the middle east, to work in the city’s mills--Dengler drew upon her own experience to reach out, discover, and preserve the larger story of Lawrence’s immigrants and the role they played in building what is still called “the Immigrant City.”

ECCF was established in January of 1999 to increase local philanthropy and provide support to non-profit organizations located in and serving Essex County. The Foundation offers the philanthropic, grant making, financial, and tax expertise needed to engage in effective, inspired charitable giving. ECCF stewards more than 80 charitable funds held in over $16 million in assets, and since its inception has awarded over $8 million in grants to local organizations. The Foundation’s mission is to “to help you help your community”.

The Webster Family Fund was formed in 2005 when the D.K. Webster Family Foundation transferred its assets into a field of interest fund at the Essex County Community Foundation. The Fund supports capital projects at nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Lawrence community.

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Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.