The main project for the Story City Historical Society in 2015 was the exterior rehabilitation of the Bartlett House Museum, our Queen Anne style historic home. There were several areas on the exterior where the woodwork had begun to rot and the whole exterior needed to be repainted. The rehab for the Bartlett House began in June with a hand sanding and scraping volunteer day. The Historical Society worked with local contractor Ron Cook for the woodwork repair and painting. Ron did a wonderful job with all of the detail work needed to complete this project.
The Historical Society received multiple grants for the exterior rehab on the Bartlett House Museum. Our two local Questers chapters, the Hook & Eye Questers and the Praeri Rail Trail Questers, applied for a grant through the Iowa State Questers organization on behalf of the Historical Society. We received a $7,000 grant courtesy of the Iowa State Questers organization. We also received an additional $1,400 from the local chapters over the last two years for the Bartlett rehab project.
The Historical Society was also one of the recipients of the Paint Iowa Beautiful grant for 2015. We received 10 free gallons of paint through the Diamond Vogel company. We would like to thank the Hook & Eye Questers, the Praeri Rail Trail Questers, and Diamond Vogel for their contributions to this project. We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who came to help out on June 14th with our hand sanding and scraping event. It’s wonderful when local people, companies, and organizations support the Historical Society as we continue to preserve Story City’s heritage.