As we posted previously, the Ogden Utah Doughboy Statue renovation submitted its grant application a few weeks ago.
In an interview for the December 21st. Sync Call, we spoke with the project manager, Terry Schow from American Legion Post 9 about the project,
The Doughboy memorial was originally located at the local American Legion post, but was donated to the City of Ogden in the 50's. It is now re-located in the Veterans Section of the Ogden City Cemetery. The Ogden Doughboy was created by renowned sculptor Gilbert P. Risvold, who also sculpted a series of Doughboy statues in Illinois.
You'll enjoy the part of Terry's interview where he tells us about when, at some time in the past nearly 100 years, the statue's helmet was lost or stolen. It was replaced - by well meaning but perhaps misguided folks - with a construction worker's helmet, and then spray painted, as was the whole statue, with gold radiator paint.
Conservators around the country are quacking in their boots! Of course, Terry and his team are doing it the the right way. We invite you to follow Laura Macaluso's post series on this blog for some guidance on how to avoid such well intentioned errors.
Thanks again to Terry Schow, the American Legion and all the veterans organizations that are supporting the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program.
Your support makes the rescue of these ailing WWI memorials possible. Bless you and Happy New Year!
The video is also available in the RESOURCES > Project Profile tab on the 100C / 100M web site.
Please note that although this is a matching grant competition, based on our program rules, once you have submitted your grant application, we are able to help you promote it in a variety of ways including via the US World War One Centennial Commission website, posted project profiles, blog posts, social media posts, and our outreach communications vehicles.
This can help you highlight your project in your communities and with local media, which in turn assists you with your fund raising and support expansion.
Even if your project application still needs work, we can promote it as soon as you submit it. Then, on request, we can set it up so that you can edit and update your submission documents and information up to the submission closing date of the competition on June 15, 2017.