Henry County Heritage Trust Meeting

Written by Theresa Rose on July 27, 2015

The Henry County Heritage Trust board met Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Heritage Center [old Saunders School building] for their regular monthly meeting. In attendance: Ken Vandevoort, president; Terry McNair, vice president; Waunita Gibbons, secretary; Pat White, treasurer; Sheila Allender; Lea Bradley; John Harnagel; Lynn Conrad and David McCoid. Pat Richenberger was introduced as a guest and prospective member. The meeting was held in the Donald E. Young Memorial Room.

Status reports were given on the buildings – Saunders School and the Van Allen House – and the following topics were discussed:

The announcement of an $11,600 grant for the preservation of rural school records and Don Young’s collection of historic materials was the most exciting news and topped the agenda. The REAP/HRDP funding is through the Iowa State Historical Society and the Department of Cultural Affairs and covers a period of 30 months.

Iowa Wesleyan College student, Dan McCall, is creating a photo display of Henry County rural schools, which will be housed in the education room. He has contacted several area museums for their assistance.

The Trivial Pursuit Night, on June 29th, was a success. Fourteen tables were sponsored, a silent auction was held and Sheila Allender provided an Italian Dinner Buffet. Several thousand dollars was raised to continue renovation of the Donald E. Young Room.

A most unusual donation was recently received: an ornate panel of tin ceiling from the Pleasant Hill Dairy building, which preceded Fankhauser’s Dairy at 112 North Main.

Members of the Country Club on the River group have arranged for a special tour of the museum. The next slide show presentation of historic Mt. Pleasant places and memorabilia will be given to residents at Sunnybrook on August 19th at 2:00. The public is encouraged to attend.

The next meeting of the HCHT board is August 18th at 6:30 p.m., Donald E. Young Memorial Room at the Heritage Center [old Saunders School building], 203 N. White Street. The public is welcome to attend.