Building a Place for History
Sally Woodruff Garrison is an active participant in the fields of education and social services. She founded and chairs Save the Library! (STL!), a committee formed in 2008 in response to the threatened closure of the Bridgeton Free Public Library due to shrinking tax revenues and state spending cuts. Through the restoration of the historic 1816 old bank section of the library and an advocacy campaign, the committee, with the community’s support, successfully brought to the attention of the city government the importance of preserving a historic building and the continuation of the library, the city’s sole public educational resource apart from its schools. In total, STL! has raised nearly $300,000 to date, consisting of two matching NJ Historic Preservation grants totaling $165,000, and through fund raising events, publications, business and individual contributions. In 2011 Preservation New Jersey listed the historic bank section as one of the 10 most endangered sites in New Jersey. Additionally, Ms. Garrison received the 2010 New Jersey Library Association Service Award for her work with STL!. On behalf of STL!, she accepted the “Bridgeton Rose” Historic Preservation Award (2012), and the Preservation New Jersey Community Engagement Award (2015).