Wednesday, March 10, 1999

County will help make log cabin German museum

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Those working to reconstruct a historic log cabin and open it as a museum extolling the German-American heritage in the area have gotten a big boost from Hamilton County.

        The county approved a $60,000 Community Development Block Grant for the project, which is expected to cost at least $169,000.

        The project involves reconstructing a log cabin that dates to the mid-1800s on a terrace in West Fork Park here. The log cabin, considered a good example of early German-American farm architecture, will become a museum called the German Heritage Museum.

        “It's a great way to recognize the German heritage in Hamilton County,” said Coun ty Commissioner Bob Bedinghaus, who helped secure the grant for the project.

        The reconstruction project is being led by the German-American Citizens League, which enlisted the help of township government here to find a place to put the log cabin.

        The cabin had been the home of Gertrude Feist, who lived in it in Delhi Township until her death in 1989. The log cabin was disassembled and placed in storage until a location was found to reconstruct it.

        Elmer Grossheim, who has been responsible for fund raising, said the league has raised and spent about $90,000 so far on the reconstruction. The log cabin has been framed, has a roof, and water and gas lines are in.

        “We're hoping by the fall to get things wrapped up,” said Don Tolzmann, president of the league. “It's hard to know exactly, but it looks real good for this year.”

        Mr. Bedinghaus said he was approached more than a year ago by league officials asking whether there was any way the county could contribute to the project.

        “Being of German heritage myself, I've been looking for ways to get the county involved,” said Mr. Bedi nghaus. “It's a uniquely German property. It really goes to the construction of the log cabin itself and how things were built,” Mr. Bedinghaus said. Mr. Grossheim said the league is still looking at other funding and fund-raising sources to raise money for the museum. “Our main goal now is to get that building up and running,” said Mr. Grossheim.


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