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Junior Board


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Junior Board


The Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc. supports historic preservation in part through its Junior Board of Trustees, a talented and dedicated group of seven to thirteen high school students (10th-12th graders) whose exclusive mission is to preserve local history. This educational initiative fosters civic responsibility, heightens an appreciation for local history, and introduces students to the world of philanthropy. The Junior Board of Trustees awards $33,000 in grants annually to worthwhile historic preservation/restoration projects in Northeast Georgia.

The mission of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees is to seek out and determine historic preservation opportunities in Northeast Georgia. These opportunities, aligned with education, include, but are not limited to, historic projects and organizations that will preserve the past for future generations.
 

Responsibilities

The Junior Board of Trustees devotes many hours of time to meetings, research, interviews, and site visits in the field of historic preservation and restoration in Northeast Georgia. It is the responsibility of each Junior Board member to become actively involved in the project nomination and grant decision process. A certain commitment is required of the members to remain on the Board, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • regular attendance of pre-scheduled, once-a-month meetings (typically held on Wednesdays)
  • grant project site visits
  • participation in planned field trip experiences once or twice per academic year.

However, this Board may never be used as an excuse for incomplete school assignments or absences from school. Once chosen for this prestigious Board, members may remain on the Board through the remainder of high school.

At least one preservation-related overnight trip may be planned during the school year, and is generally scheduled around school activities. This site trip is paid for by the Watson-Brown Foundation, with the exception of each member’s personal spending money. Gas for site visits, monthly meetings, and other various activities is reimbursed by the Watson-Brown Foundation at the federal rate.

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Student Application


Student Application


A membership application form for the 2017-18 academic year is now available. This application is due by September 15. For more information about this board, please check out this presentation.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would prefer a downloadable application, please contact Ashleigh Oatts, Advisor, by phone at (706) 369-3513, or by e-mail at aoatts@trrcobbhouse.org.

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Grant Application


Grant Application


WBF Junior Board Grant Application forms are currently available for the 2017-2018 grant cycle! Applications are due February 12, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ashleigh Oatts by phone at (706) 369-3513, or by e-mail at aoatts@trrcobbhouse.org.

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Previously Funded Projects


Previously Funded Projects


The following organizations have received grant funding from the Athens Chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees:

2014-2015
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (Watkinsville, GA)--Rocket Hall Gymnasium
Jackson County Historical Society (Commerce, GA)--scanner for court records
NSDAR John Andrew chapter (Watkinsville, GA)--fencing around Rev. John Andrew grave
Friends of Oconee Hill (Athens, GA)--Production of brochures, maps, signs, website enhancements
Demosthenian Literary Society (Athens, GA)--lectern restoration
Piedmont College (Demorest, GA)-- archival supplies

2013-2014
UGA Community Design and Preservation-FindIt! (Athens, GA) –a historic resources survey of Unincorporated Habersham County
Nuci Phillips Memorial Foundation (Athens, GA) supplies for restoration of St. Mary's Church Steeple
Athens Clarke Library Heritage Room (Athens, GA)- archival content management system implementation and back log processing project 
William Harris Homestead Foundation (Monroe, GA)- Removal and replacement of cedar shake shingles on three structure
Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation (Athens, GA)- Narrative site history, cultural source mapping and draft National Register of Historic Places nomination for Beech Haven
Lexington Historic Preservation Commission (Lexington, GA)- Electrical rewiring and floor stabilization of the Manse, 1892
Clarkesville Habersham County Library (Clarkesville, GA)-- Photo scanner, computer, monitor, printer and external hard drive for preserving and cataloguing photos and documents illustrating life in early Habersham

2012-2013
Athens Land Trust (Athens, GA)-an oral history of the Waddell/Henderson Extension neighborhood and the West Broad School
ACC Public Library Georgia Heritage Room (Athens, GA)-conversion of VHS interviews with WWII veterans to digital format
Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery (Athens, GA)-reclamation of African-American and pauper burial grounds
Historical Society of Walton County (Monroe, GA)-painting the 1845 Davis-Edwards House

2011-2012
Fort Hollingsworth/White House to help with restoration of an 18th century frontier fort
Chestnut Grove School House for restoration of a 19th century African-American schoolhouse
Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation for filming “Athens Heritage Walks” series
William Harris Homestead to help with electrical rewiring of 18th century homestead
Athens Welcome Center to purchase antique door locks and help with faux graining

2010-2011
Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation (Athens, GA)
Athens Land Trust (Athens, GA)
Athens Welcome Center (Athens, GA)
Demosthenian Literary Society (University of Georgia, Athens)
United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 1216 (Lavonia, GA)
Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery (Athens, GA)
Oglethorpe County Education and Preservation Foundation, Inc. (Crawford, GA)

2009-2010
Athens Welcome Center (Athens, GA)
Rev. John Andrew Chapter, NSDAR (Watkinsville, GA)
Historic Oglethorpe County, Inc. (Lexington, GA)
Lavonia 21st Century, Inc. (Lavonia, GA)
Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm Foundation, Inc. (Jefferson, GA)
William H. Harris Homestead Foundation, Inc. (Monroe, GA)

2008-2009
Athens Welcome Center (Athens, GA)
Hebron Historical Society (Clarkesville, GA)
Historic Oglethorpe County, Inc. (Lexington, GA)
Friends of the Old Clarkesville Cemetery (Clarkesville, GA)
Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery (Athens, GA)
Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm Foundation, Inc. (Jefferson, GA)

2007-2008
Athens 1864 Breastworks Preservation Group (Athens, GA)
Athens Land Trust (Athens, GA)
Empowering Parents for Troubling Times, Inc. (Greensboro, GA)
Historic Oglethorpe County, Inc. (Lexington, GA)
Lyndon House Arts Foundation (Athens, GA)
Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm Foundation, Inc. (Jefferson, GA)