Historic society welcomes gift
Members of the Basehor Historical Society were pleasantly surprised when they found out just what the former community education group meant by a substantial donation.
The philanthropically-minded group made good on its promise to assist the historic society by donating $12,032 June 3 at the VFW Post, said Carla Crawford, an administrative assistant with the historical group.
"We were happy, we were just ecstatic," she said. "We got a couple of new members and a nice check."
The support from the education group has given confidence to members of the historical society who have already had to scale down plans for the eventual museum that will serve as home to the society.
"We know they (the education group) believe in the project, and it is a good sign to the community," she said.
The historical group does have some concrete plans on its agenda to move ahead with for now. Beginning June 19, local landscaper and brick layer Jim Oberg will be voluntarily hosting workshops to teach residents how to make and lay bricks for sidewalks and walls. The plan is that the clinics will not only allow residents to spruce up their own properties, but give them the know how to begin laying the sidewalks and a decorative wall at the historical society's property at 158th Street and Parallel Road.
Crawford said the society's directors are also looking to secure lease agreements that will allow the organization to then begin talks with banks and move toward turning the project plans and dreams into a reality.