BRISTOL BOROUGH >> For over 50 years, the Grundy Museum and Grundy Library, entities of the Grundy Foundation, have made opportunities to have fun, socialize with old friends or make new ones, learn a skill or trade, be inspired, or prepare for a personal or professional transformation a reality.

In support of these programs and services to meet the ever-growing needs of the Bristol Borough community, the Grundy Foundation announces the launch of its third phase of the CanDoMore Campaign.

The 2019-20 CanDoMore Campaign focuses on enhancing and making more accessible the collections, grounds and educational outreach of the Grundy Museum located at 610 Radcliffe Street.

Last year, total visitation eclipsed 3,100 persons.

"A great way to learn of Bristol Borough’s rich history and its significance in the development of our country and county is touring the Museum and hearing the stories behind the history that binds us," said campaign leaders.

Scheduled for financing are museum exhibit and educational materials to help immerse school students and visitors in the Victorian era, landscaping projects to transform part of the Radcliffe Street campus to a Victorian garden inspired by the Grundy estate at Walnut Grove, and an orientation film to introduce visitors to the Grundy family legacy.

During the campaign, contributors can directly sponsor certain items from among the proposed education and landscaping purchases, or contribute to film production costs.

To donate, or for more information, click “donate” at www.grundymuseum.org.

Between 2017-18, the CanDoMore Campaign raised more than $47,000 to enhance public access to library archival materials and expand the number of museum passes available to the public to borrow for free access to leading museums and cultural attractions.

Through generous donations, the library purchased state-of-the-art scanning equipment for its Archives department, and to date, has scanned more than 3,500 photographs.

During the second half of 2018, community savings in admission fees to regional institutions exceeded $37,000. Also through generous support, an automated reservation system was implemented in June 2018, allowing patrons to reserve passes two months in advance.

About the Museum

When the Grundy family purchased what is today the Grundy Museum in 1884, they set about turning the existing structure into a fashionable, modern house.

The home was remodeled in the Queen-Anne-style that combined modern conveniences and technological innovations of the day with a nostalgic styling that recalled an earlier, less industrial time.

The home's location along the banks of the scenic Delaware River provided the perfect place for the Grundy men to retreat to after long days directing operations at the Grundy Mill.

Today, the rooms of the Grundy Museum are appointed as if the family has just stepped out for the afternoon. Come for a visit and experience life in the late Victorian period through objects and furnishings that the family themselves used.

Admission to the Grundy Museum is free and includes a guided tour of the Grundy family home, its riverfront gardens, and access to any current exhibit(s) at the adjacent Grundy Library. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.

The museum is open April to December on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Register for tours in the Grundy Library at 1:15 or 2:30 p.m. Other times are available by appointment. Call 215-788-9432 or visit grundymuseum.org for more information.

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