One of the missions of the Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table is to provide financial support to Civil War Preservation groups.

In 2003 the Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table donated $500 to the Civil War Preservation Trust (Jerry Russell Memorial Fund).

Marcia and Bruce Butgereit receiving the Award of Merit

On October 15, 2004 at the 130 th State History Conference in St. Joseph, MI, KCWRT members Bruce and Marcia Butgereit were presented with an Award for Merit by the prestigious Historical Society of Michigan for their tireless work to restore and preserve the nearly 120 year-old Kent County Civil War Monument and Fountain in downtown Grand Rapids.

Over the course of three years, the Butgereits raised in excess of $300,000 to restore the altered and deteriorated monument. In addition to bringing the monument back to its original historic appearance, the restoration involved the total disassembling of the monument and the painstaking restoration of all its components. Once reinstalled, even the fountains once again functioned. Thanks to their efforts to achieve a meticulous and authentic restoration, and to the significant historical background, the monument was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and placed on the Registry in July 2004.

The Historical Society of Michigan is the state’s oldest cultural organization, founded in 1828 by Lewis Cass and Henry Schoolcraft. It is an independent non-profit group dedicated to the education and advancement of Michigan’s historical story. Its annual Awards of Merit are prized statewide and are the highest recognition presented by the state’s official historical society.

Awards were presented in eight categories recognizing the contributions of local historical societies, distinguished volunteer service, distinguished professional service, Michigan history publications, media, restoration and preservation, special programs and education.

Congratulations again to Bruce and Marcia on a job well done!