The Historic Preservation Corp. has begun converting the former Baker's Food Market building (just west of the Rawlinson-Terwilliger Home) into the Maple Camp Arts and History Center. Construction began in August, 2010, to add restrooms and a dressing room to the rear of the building, and a hallway and entry lobby to the west side of the building. The roof has been raised 16 inches to increase the height of the ceiling. The historic, 1947 storefront has been repaired and will be preserved.
The Center will seat 100 persons, and will have a stage, a movie screen, and a projection area. We plan to provide educational programming in the areas of History, Art and Culture. As a multi-purpose building, it will be used to display Historic, Cultural and Art exhibits, and to present lectures, drama, music, and similar activities. It will be available for orientation of groups touring the Maple Camp historic site. This building will showcase the Art, History and Culture of Morris county along with the surrounding areas that form a heart on the map, with the idea that this site is in the heart of the Flint Hills. This will catch parts of Chase, Lyon, Osage, Shawnee, Pottawatomie, Geary, Dickinson, Marion, Greenwood, Butler, Clay, and Riley counties.
Funding for the initial phase of construction, to enclose the addition, has been provided by the W. S. & E. C. Jones Testamentary Trust (Bank of America, Trustee), the Bill B. Young Foundation, and the City of Council Grove Promotion Grants Committee.
Phase Two will complete the exterior and Phase three will be, to begin work on the interior. We have already purchased 100 cushioned chairs for seating, a DVD projector to show films, lighting fixtures and we also have available a slide projector used to present slide programs.
Contributions are tax-deductible. The Historic Preservation Corp. is an IRC 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation. Your help will be greatly appreciated in making the Center available to the community. Donations should be sent to: Historic Preservation Corp., 803 W. Main St., Council Grove, KS 66846, designated for the Arts and History Center. Historic Preservation Corporation does not share donors names and addresses with others.
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