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   Depictions of Hearn's era in Cincinnati
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Status of the Funding for the Lafcadio Hearn Commemorative Plaque

(To donate or pledge please see details in the right hand column on this page)

As of 1/15/20: $3,650.00 





Spring, 2020 edition

Spring, 2019 edition




Our mission: 

Improving cultural understanding by sharing
the life stories of special people in Greater
Cincinnati who have strengthened relations between Japan and the
United States


Our objectives:

Program offerings, tours, support services
and higher education advising


Our officers:

Dr. Gary Eith, President;
  Biography of Gary Eith  

Hidenobu Paul Tanaka, Vice President

Ms. Reiko Tanaka, Treasurer

Board of Trustees

People we have highlighted
in the past: 

Lafcadio Hearn
Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto
Edwin Dun
Kitaro Shirayamadani

Hearn Commemorative Plaque project

Why a permanent commemoration of Hearn
 in Cincinnati?

There is no permanent commemoration of Lafcadio Hearn in the Cincinnati region.  A memorial plaque would be both a tourist attraction and an education tool for people to learn of Hearn and his work in the fields of journalism and literature.  The plaque will highlight the global nature of Hearn and his interests in other cultures, supporting diversity and improved cultural understanding.  It will also commemorate Hearnís time here in Cincinnati where he got his start, and his career accomplishments.  It could also serve as a starting point for a walking tour of the Hearn sites in Cincinnati.

We are launching a fund drive for the Lafcadio Hearn Cincinnati Memorial Plaque.  All donations will be tax deductible and applied to the development of the plaque and the installation.  The project will not start until all funds have been received to complete design, construction and installation. If, for any unforeseen reason, this project gets cancelled, all proceeds will be refunded.

We are also accepting pledges.  Donations and pledges can be reported in grant proposals and helps secure funding. We will be seeking grants and will be submitting proposals to area foundations and corporations.  If you are employed or retired from a company, please check with your HR office to determine if the company matches donations and if so, secure a matching form from their offices and send it with your donation.  Many companies do so, to meet their community service goals.

For information on how to pledge or donate, please click here

JRCGC is a nonprofit 501c3 organization...and we welcome your tax deductible donations!



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