Out of the four banquets the St. Clair Historical Museum has held over the years, Saturday’s was “the best one,” according to Carla Wulfers, secretary/treasurer of the museum.
Approximately 77 people were in attendance, which was held at Jerron’s Catering Feb. 24. The evening included dinner, a silent auction and appreciation awards. Profits from the dinner and from the silent auction amounted to about $1,500, according to Wulfers.
“This is the fourth banquet we’ve had and thanks to the support, this was probably, as far as turnout and the funding it raised for the museum, the best one we’ve had so far,” she said.
Wulfers noted a comment that was made about those who attended.
“We had everybody there at this banquet — representing the oldest families in this community to people who had recently moved here,” Wulfers said.
“Everybody, I think, seemed to really have a nice time.”
She added she was “very pleased. I thought the banquet went real well.”
Several community members and organizations were recognized for their continued work and support of the museum.
JROTC members were recognized for helping set up the new museum; Jamie Keen for her fundraising efforts; Jeremy Crowe for his support of the new museum building;
Carol Radford for her help with setting up the new museum and her work as past president; Verlan Radford for her work on the museum building; Elizabeth Barmeier for her coverage of the historical museum;
James Alsop/Iron Spike Model Train Museum for donated materials and time; Jay Rice Contracting for the donation of materials and time for installing fences;
Jack Dierking for donated materials and time fixing doors and bringing the new museum up to code; Gratzer Brothers Construction; and Angel Reed/A Lil’ This ’N A Lil’ That Resale Shop for fundraising efforts.
With the help from community members, Wulfers said a run/walk event is in the works. During the summer, the historical board members are looking into having a picnic, possibly an appraisal fair and a tail gate party/raffle.
“These are all ideas that are out there and we’re kind of investigating sources” to bring those ideas into fruition, according to Wulfers.
The historical museum raises money three ways: by donations, memberships and fundraisers, she added.
An open house of the new museum is set for Sunday, March 4 from 2-4 p.m. A presentation will start at 3 p.m. regarding the history of the museum. The new location, at 560 S. Main St., was purchased in 2015. The one-story building has 800 more square feet compared to the previous site. There is a meeting space to host guest speakers.
Docents and volunteers are still needed to help run the museum during business hours.
For interested candidates or for more information, call Wulfers at 636-667-0231 or Jo Schaper at 636-667-4162 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In February 2014, the former two-story museum, located on Hibbard Street, had an electrical fire which caused the building to go up in flames. The building was 115 years old.
Items lost in the fire included vintage clothing, doctors’ apparatus, old-time kitchen items, and items from the school, Native American and International Shoe exhibits.
The new museum will feature a general store, schoolroom, kitchen, Victorian parlor, lead mining exhibit, a barbershop display and more.
It also will include a recreation of Main Street, a Missouri soda bottle collection and an exhibit honoring veterans from all wars.
In the future, The Old Bus Stop Art Club will have an exhibit of paintings people have created of historical buildings, she added.
Also down the road, a tree silhouette will be painted in the museum and it will feature individuals and families who have made donations with their name on a leaf.
St. Clair Historical Museum meetings take place at the Old Bus Stop Coffee Shop and Gallery on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.
Update: This story was updated to include Gratzer Brothers Construction as another appreciation award recipient.