GCHS newsletter Jan 27 2012

January 27 2012

Hello to all Members, Former Members, and Future Members!

Glades County Historical Society needs your input, help, and ideas.

Our goal is to preserve the history of one of the oldest counties in Florida. This lofty goal includes saving houses and neighborhoods eligible for historic designation, preserving stories from our elders about their child hoods and struggles to live and raise families in this rural sub-tropical county. Each of you has a particular asset that can help, such as your favorite activity, what you like to do the least and most, and how you can help us with teamwork. To date we have had a dozen help us with the restoration of the Pieter Westergaard Bungalow-Style house, either with cash donations, elbow grease and hours of volunteer time. With your commitments, we can carry on this work indefinitely.
A perfect example of the dedicated volunteer is our Treasurer, Al Schauseil, who has taken care of our bookkeeping for many years. He is an expert on the computer, restoring old photographs, printing and designing our brochures, business cards, placards, and other advertising items. Mr Schauseil is now 92 and has worked for the GCHS at our beck and call.
It was Mr Schauseil’s original idea to offer the Westergaard House to any non-profit group for meetings and get-togethers free of charge. Individuals are welcomed to use the house for parties, showers, and meetings for a charge of $25. This covers maintenance and cleaning expenses. He also donated several antique items to help furnish the house. When we organized, he painted and sanded whenever we needed him. He has a caring family and is currently residing in South Florida. If you would like to contact him, call us for his number and address.
Our experience with all who have used the Westergaard House have been positive. One delightful mother had a tea for young girls that was a total success. In 2010 we changed our fund-raising barbecue from the front lawn of the house to a Friday lunch delivery. Local businesses loved it! Members provided home-made BBQ sandwiches pickles, desserts, sodas, and a delivery truck.
Nearly every Florida community whether large or small has a historic district. We have the perfect place for tourists to stroll along the river walk, enjoy Perry Park with its roomy gazebos and shelters and the newly created Agape Thrift Shop. This weekend you can attend the Glades County Library’s Art in the Park festival featuring local artists, food booths and music. What a perfect relaxing way to spend a Saturday and at the same time to provide support for your community.
The next meeting will be Friday January 27 at 7 PM at the Westergaard House. All are welcome. If you choose to join this energetic group, annual dues have been lowered to $15 for NEW members. We look forward to seeing you! Phone Julie Wigton 946-2060 or Anne Coffey at 863-801-5199. Our address is GCHS, P O Box 806, Moore Haven FL 33471.

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