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. For forty-three years, members of the Society have kept a careful watch over the furnace. 

The Greater Washington Area Historical Society’s “Saving Energy to Preserve History” project finally let “Big Bertha” retire in December 2018 when five energy-efficient furnaces were installed to take over her job. The project also replaced the 120 gallon electric water heater from 1951 with an energy-efficient 40 gallon gas unit.   

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.  Each of the five main rooms in the Museum have individual thermostats connected to a dedicated furnace.   The project required about five weeks to complete and removed about 6,000 pounds of metal.  Not only are the five units more efficient, they take up significantly less space. This additional space will provide needed space 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 was awarded a matching grant of $5,574 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).  The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding.  Additionally, the Society was awarded a $500 grant from the Macomb County Heritage Alliance (MCHA). This was the first grant the MCHA ever awarded. The Society also thanks the following donors for their generous contributions which were used for the “Saving Energy to Preserve History” project. 

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.

“Saving Energy to Preserve History” Grants

  MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS 

         www.michigan.gov/art  


MACOMB COUNTY HERITAGE ALLIANCE

www.macombcountyheritagealliance.org/

                                                

Saving Energy to Preserve History  Donors

PAT AND JAN DONOVAN 

FRIENDS OF THE RAY TOWNSHIP LIBRARY AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

KING’S DAUGHTERS and SONS

THE MITT.TV

POLJAN INSURANCE AGENCY

PRECEPTOR DELTA BETA SORORITY OF BETA SIGMA PHI

ROMEO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

TIM SMITH

GAYLE WHARFIELD, STONY CREEK BIKE SHOP

William Bentz   

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