The Aspinock Historical Society (AHS) recently received a community grant for historic preservation from the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The DAR ( Historic Preservation Grants provide financial assistance for projects that preserve historic resources, sites and other history-related projects.
The guidelines for the grant application fit the ongoing restoration of the Cady-Copp Cottage.  The building was gifted to the historical society many years ago with no means for upkeep of the building, let alone vital restorations needed. 
Bill Pearsall, former AHS president and Town of Putnam historian, oversees the Cady-Copp restoration project and is pleased to receive the grant. However, Pearsall reports that at least $30,000 more is needed to complete the restoration work. The sooner the funds are secured and the work is done, the better. Once the exterior is restored, the interior work will begin as another phase of this project.
AHS is always looking for volunteers, members and donations to support the history of Putnam. Questions can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Donations are always accepted and can be mailed to AHS, This welcomed news from DAR came with bittersweet feelings, as the late Dr. Louise Cutler Pempek wrote the grant before her passing at the suggestion of members of Deborah Avery Putnam Chapter DAR in Plainfield. 
Dr. Pempek is a direct descendent of Manasseh Cutler. He was tutored in the Cady-Copp Cottage and went west to influence U.S. History immensely. He helped build the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory, and was instrumental in creating the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. While there, he also founded Ohio University. His son, Ephraim Cutler also played a major role in early U.S. History. Details can be found in David McCullough’s popular book, The Pioneers.

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