Photo Caption: Old Sturbridge Village celebrates a multi-year investment in two key museum exhibits by Hometown Insurance Center of Sturbridge and E.J. Stochaj Insurance Agency of Dudley at a recent event. The two agencies are supporting the KidStory Gallery and, through the Adopt-a-Building program, the District Schoolhouse. Pictured from L to R: OSV Interpreter Erica Hout, Richard G. Schulze - Chairman of the Old Sturbridge Village Board of Trustees, Lisa Stochaj – Vice President of E.J. Stochaj Insurance Agency/Hometown Insurance Center, Jim Stochaj – President of E.J Stochaj Insurance Agency/Hometown Insurance Center, James E. Donahue, President and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village, OSV Interpreter Derek Heidemann.
Old Sturbridge Village announces multi-year investment by Hometown Insurance Center and E.J. Stochaj Insurance Agency
STURBRIDGE, Mass. (Dec. 18, 2013): Hometown Insurance Center of Sturbridge, MA and E.J. Stochaj Insurance Agency of Dudley, MA have committed to a multi-year investment in two key museum exhibits at Old Sturbridge Village. The two agencies’ support of the KidStory Gallery and the District Schoolhouse, under the new Adopt-a-Building program, was recently celebrated at a formal event at the Village featuring representatives of both agencies and Old Sturbridge Village.
The KidStory Gallery is a hands-on interactive space for young children to try on costumes, and engage in make-believe play at a farm, country store, and hearth kitchen. By underwriting this popular family space at the museum, Hometown Insurance Center and E.J. Stochaj Insurance Agency are providing a safe, fun and enriching experience for young visitors to Old Sturbridge Village.
The multi-year commitment from Hometown Insurance Center and E.J. Stochaj Insurance Agency will also allow Old Sturbridge Village to continue to preserve and care for the District Schoolhouse under the new Adopt-a-Building program launched by the Village. The District Schoolhouse, circa 1810, is a one room schoolhouse originally from Candia, New Hampshire that was relocated to Old Sturbridge Village in 1955.
The new program ensures an authentic early American experience for more than 250,000 people of all ages who visit the museum each year. The museum features more than 40 historic buildings and structures that require ongoing maintenance including mills, barns, homes and sheds.
“We are thrilled to partner with Jim and Lisa Stochaj and everybody at Hometown Insurance Center and the E.J. Stochaj Insurance Agency in support of the KidStory exhibit and the Schoolhouse. The Stochaj family recognizes the importance of these exhibits to the museum, and especially to the many families here in Sturbridge, who enjoy KidStory all year long. We are grateful to them for their generous support and look forward to building a strong partnership for the future,” said Old Sturbridge Village President and CEO James E. Donahue.
“We are delighted to support Old Sturbridge Village in its ongoing efforts to preserve and share the places and stories of New England’s past. Local residents, as well as visitors from all over the world, enjoy the KidStory Exhibit and District Schoolhouse each year. We are honored to help these two exhibits continue to be a part of the Old Sturbridge Village experience,” said Jim Stochaj, President of E.J Stochaj Insurance Agency/Hometown Insurance Center.
The E.J. Stochaj Insurance Agency, Inc. was established in 1975 by Edwin J. and Ann N. Stochaj. The business model was simple- work diligently to create relationships with families to serve their insurance needs in the best manner possible. This model has not changed in 37 years, and was implemented when Jim Stochaj purchased the Hometown Insurance Center, Llc in 2008. Fifteen staff members work each day with the best interest of each client in mind. The agencies offer great service, exceptional pricing and a ton of caring. For more information, visit WeProvideInsurance.com.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the largest living history museums in the nation, celebrating life in early New England from 1790 – 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., OSV is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Currently, the Village is closed for daytime hours, but open for its special Christmas by Candlelight celebrations December 20-22, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission for Christmas by Candlelight is $15. The Village reopens for daytime admission during December school vacation week on December 26. For more details, visit www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.
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