West Concord Historical Society
Tax id (EIN)
Arts & Culture, Community
Address600 1ST ST
WEST CONCORD, MN 55985
The Preservation Architect's Report Is In!
We now have a 177 page report from LHB Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis that details the work to be done to renovate our building.
WATER FROM ABOVE AND BELOW!
The preservation architect and his structural engineer team have determined that solving drainage issues at the foundation of our building is a top priority. They estimate that $35,000 plus of work is needed. We all know that every good thing is built on a solid foundation.
We need your help! You have supported us for 28 years and we’re proud of what you’ve accomplished--and grateful!
We know that we will need to apply for large grants for the big ticket items the preservationist architect has recommended: flat roof replacement, tuck pointing, accessibility, but we need your help to solve our drainage issues. A wet basement is an undesirable state of being.
8 architecturally accurate replacement windows for our gymnasium building have been installed, most of them purchased in memory of loved ones. What a difference they've made in the appearance of our building! Three more remain to be replaced on the front of the auditorium building.
$2100 will purchase one of those custom windows in memory or honor of your loved one (s) (historic reproductions are expensive). Email (email@example.com) or call the office (507-527-2628) to purchase a memorial window.
Every gift in any amount is valuable to us!
THE WEST CONCORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION WILL
MATCH YOUR GIFT, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, UP TO $2500.00
(All donors will be entered into a drawing for a WCHS sweatshirt or coffee mug)
Consider Giving as a Sustaining Member with Monthly Donations!
The West Concord Historical Society was organized in 1994 when the newly formed Triton School District sold the old West Concord High School/Grade School building to the Society. 2019 was our silver anniversary. The original part of the school building was built in 1902. The addition of the gym and some classrooms were added in 1936 as part of the WPA.
The building is now a museum with many of the old classrooms displaying various artifacts. There's the 50's and 60's era room, a military room, a 1930's classroom display, a WCHS sports and memorabilia room, plus a research room with old local newspapers, old school papers and old yearbooks and pictures. The gym is used for various events including craft fairs, receptions and celebrations, and many youth activities.
It’s been a labor of love and hard work to get the museum to where it is today. It hasn’t been easy over the past 26 years but it's certainly been worth the effort. And it’s been a community effort. Volunteers through those years have put in many, many hours. But work like this takes substantial funding. Upkeep on an old historical building like this can be frustrating and challenging at times, but also very rewarding.
Below is the West Concord Historical Society on YouTube that was presented at the 2018 West Concord All School Reunion. Have a listen . . .
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