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“The Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens has installed an educational and coalition signs through funding provided by the William & Catherine McCoy fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois,” said Alix Fox.
The grant aided in the purchase and design of the two signs. The first is an educational interpretive sign for the prairie meadow, listing the flora and fauna of the prairie, which is within the natural site. The second sign honors the community partners and donors to the prairie meadow restoration project and is at the end of the Tinker suspension bridge.
“The completion and installation of these signs fulfills our pledge to honor the land and the people that helped to restore it,” Fox said. “Our visitors can now read about the history and function of the land, as well as see the dedication of our community partners, sponsors and volunteers. We hope that it deepens their connection with our local history as well as inspires them to help preserve these natural areas.”
The signs can be viewed on the Tinker grounds at any time as well as during the general admission tours, which are at 1 and 3 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum was founded in 1942 and has served the Winnebago and surrounding areas through education, outreach and events. Ruth Little is the president of the Board of Trustees.
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Its mission is to attract, grow and preserve an endowment for the needs of the people of northern Illinois.
Posted Nov. 26, 2013