Saving Energy to Preserve History Project

“Saving Energy to Preserve History” Project

The Society’s latest project to preserve the community’s heritage is the “Saving Energy to Preserve History” project. Since 1975, the “Old Washington School” has been faithfully monitored and maintained by the Society in order to preserve and exhibit the archives of over 200 local families. Today, the Washington Museum has five special exhibit rooms, including the John L. Dyer-Hurdon Scout Museum and the Civil War thru Desert Storm Military Room.

J W Bryce was paid $1,193 to install the original heating system back in 1916. Over the years, the system was converted from coal, to oil, and finally, to natural gas. When school was in session, Janitor, John Gooley, checked the furnace, he called “Big Bertha”, each day after supper. Now, members of the Society keep a careful watch over the furnace. 

The Greater Washington Area Historical Society’s “Saving Energy to Preserve History” project will finally let “Big Bertha” retire and allow five energy-efficient furnaces to take over her job of keeping the Museum warm. It will also replace the 120 gallon electric water heater from 1951.   

As of January 16, 2019, Johnson Thermal Temp completed the project at the Museum and five 95 % efficient furnaces took over the task of keeping the Museum warm.  The rooms have individual thermostats so that a room is heated by a dedidicated furnace.   The project required about five weeks to complete.  About 6,000 pounds of metal were removed from the furnace room.   We have a little extra space in the furnace room which will likely be used for storage.

The support from the community has been impressive since it became aware of the critical need to replace the Mammoth heating unit.  

The Greater Washington Area Historical Society is a 501c3 non-profit organization and as such donations may be tax deductible. Donations can be sent to GWAHS, PO Box 94144, Washington Township, MI 48094. For more information, contact the Society at 586-786-5304.

The Society thanks the following donors for the generous contributions which were used for the “Saving Energy to Preserve History” project.

“Saving Energy to Preserve History” Donors

KING’S DAUGHTERS and SONS

THE MITT.TV

Grant from the Michigan Council of Art and Cultural Affairs

PRECEPTOR DELTA BETA SORORITY OF BETA SIGMA PHI

Pat and Jan Donovan 

Friends of the Ray Township Library and Historical Society

ROMEO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

POLJAN INSURANCE AGENCY

GAYLE WHARFIELD, STONY CREEK BIKE SHOP

TIM SMITH

Macomb County Heritage Alliance



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