Late in the night on October 31, 2012, a catastrophic fire destroyed the Shelter House at Fort Kaskaskia. The Randolph County Historical Society (RCHS), along with the Illinois Dept of Natural Resources (IDNR) immediately began a fundraising campaign to rebuild the shelter to its original specifications. Thank you to the many who supported this effort! Over several years and an exhaustive search, it was finally determined that timbers like those in the original Shelter were unobtainable. Now, RCHS and IDNR have joined with Randolph County, the Randolph County Progress Committee, and the Community Foundation of Randolph County to finish the task of rebuilding our Shelter House. With modern technology and building materials, the Shelter will be reconstructed using the original four corner stone pillars.
$75,000 is needed and you can help us. We need your dimes, quarters and dollars. NO gift is insignificant, regardless of size. Your gift is completely tax deductible, and ... if you can gift $1,000 or more, your name will be displayed on a permanent bronze plate on one of the original stone pillars! Please drop your gifts at the Randolph County Courthouse, or you can mail your donation to the Community Foundation of Randolph County, 1 Taylor Street, Room 106, Chester, IL 62233. You can also donate with a credit card on the Community Foundation's website (cfrandolphco.org) or through their Facebook page (facebook.com/cfrandolphco). We plan to complete this project by the end of Summer, 2018 so time is of the essence. A celebration and re-dedication of the Shelter House is planned for the Autumn, 2018. Please be part of this effort by helping us with your tax-deductible gifts. Thank you so much for your generous support!
The Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 Charity. Your donation to the Shelter House Project is tax deductible.