On Feb 18th, I sent a letter to Congressional Rep. Scott Murphy requesting aid in the tune of $60,000 for the enlistment center. The masonry foundation under the center is failing and an engineering study estimated that would be what it would take to repair it. If the foundation goes the building itself will soon follow. The last time the foundation was worked on was in the 30’s and that was just a patch up job. The Hartford Museum and attached Enlistment Center belong to the Municipality, but all the contents belong to the Hartford Historical Group. The Historical Group, led by Peter Swano also acts as the Stewards of the buildings. On March 11th, at the request of Scott Murphy’s office, Peter and I traveled to the Rep’s. Saratoga office to see what can be done to raise the needed funds. Mr. Mark Luciano of the Congressman’s office listened to Peter and I and felt confident that they could help find the funding needed to jack the building up and replace the foundation. While Scott Murphy’s office has no money to allocate for us, they know the contacts and or grant sources to source the funding. We will keep our fingers crossed. The Post Star had a front page story on 3/10/10 about the Enlistment Center and the condition of the foundation. The paper also had another smaller story in the local section on 3/11/10 about the mound of dirt in the Baptist Church cemetery that acts as the Civil War Memorial. This Civil War Enlistment Center is the only remaining Civil War Enlistment Center in the entire state. Once the foundation crumbles away and the building fails it will be too late to preserve our cultural heritage.