Thursday, August 18, 2011
Fund-raiser planned for Chalmers
On July 6, the newly restructured Board for Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of preserving historic sites and buildings in Holly Springs and Marshall County, met at the Hugh Craft House on S. Memphis Street.
New board members are: president, Chelius Carter; vice president, Rebecca Bourgeois; treasurer, Scott Beggs; secretary, Diane Greer; membership, Jenifer Eggleston; publicity, Stephanie McKinney; and floating positions, Fergenia Hood, Kevin Cavender and George Gwin.
Four committees were formed to focus on – membership/events; Chalmers Institute; organizational/operations; publicity/community outreach and are currently staffed by Suzanne Langley, Laurie Gwin, W.O. Fitch, Stephanie Cavender, Susan Crell and Willie Mallory, with several board members doing double duty.
In the interim, Preserve Marshall County will be hosting a “Preservation 101” class, addressing the urgent need for a local professional forum to provide educational resources to educate the public on appropriate treatments of historic buildings. This will be scheduled in September. Watch for notices on the date, time and location.
On Saturday, August 13, Preserve Marshall County had its third volunteer clean-up and stabilization work day at historic Chalmers Institute. With much thanks to Mike Lemons of Mike’s Tree Service, the group was able do some long-overdue roofing repair and clear vines off the building walls. Over these three dates, with much donated labor from Lewis Bailey, Kevin Cavender, George Gwin, Laurie Gwin, Jenifer Eggleston and Fitch Farms/Fitch Enterprises, Preserve Marshall County has been able to work on the lawn’s maintenance. With past donations of materials from Teddy’s Building Supply, Booker Hardware, American Pacific and donated labor from Matt Martin, Chelius Carter, Logan Liddy and Tim Liddy, the non-profit organization has been able to do additional work on securing and stabilizing the building and start installing a temporary floor. This is in preparation for viewing of this incredibly historic building during the first annual fund-raiser/dinner event, “The Wrecking Ball” on Saturday, October 8. “The Wrecking Ball,” an event to preserve Chalmers Institute, is set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music, food, drinks, a silent auction and more.
Visit the organization on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PreserveMarshallCounty.
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