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. 

The support from the community has been impressive since it became aware of the critical need to replace the Mammoth heating unit.  Initially $1,580 had been committed to the roof/furnace fund in 2015.  During the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the building in 2016, the amount committed rose by $3,272 to end at $4,852 in 2017.  

Currently, $9,708 is committed towards the $20,270 total project budget. The community’s help is needed for the success of this project. Fundraising efforts are being organized, including the annual Super Sunday event, as well as requests for donations and pursuing a matching grant from the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs. 

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 will be used for the “Saving Energy to Preserve History” project.

“Saving Energy to Preserve History” Donors

KING’S DAUGHTERS

ROMEO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

POLJAN INSURANCE

STONY CREEK BIKE SHOP

TIM SMITH


PLEDGED SUPPORT

FRIENDS OF THE RAY TOWNSHIP LIBRARY AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MACOMB COUNTY HERITAGE ALLIANCE

PRECEPTOR DELTA BETA SORORITY OF BETA SIGMA PHI


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