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Janesville foundation gives grant to restore historic statue

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An historic statue in Oregon, IL is getting a facelift, thanks to a $150,000 challenge grant from The Jeffris Family Foundation in Janesville, WI.

The Lorado Taft's Black Hawk Statue, on the list of  the National Register of Historic Places, will receive extensive renovations to it's already massive frame.

"The Jeffris Family Foundation is dedicated to the Midwest's cultural history and heritage through preserving regionally and nationally important historic buildings and decorative arts projects," said Thomas Jeffris, President of the Jeffris Family Foundation. 

The statue sees over 400,000 visitors every year. Dedicated in July 1, 1911, it was the first artistic statue built with concrete. With the challenge grant, the project will be completed much quicker than expected, with renovations beginning Summer 2014.

"The challenge grant means that 50% of each donation received for the restoration- of the Black Hawk Statue, will be matched by the Jeffris Family Foundation," said Frank Rausa, a member of the Friends of the Black Hawk Statue Committee.

The whole project will cost close to $500,000 to complete. Donations can be sent to the Illinois Conservation Foundation or visit www.ilcf.org.

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