The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 8, 2012

Granby Historical Society notes progress toward $50,000 goal

By Roger McKinney

GRANBY, Mo. — The Granby Historical Society after 18 months has raised $17,500 toward its goal of raising $50,000 by the end of 2013.

The money is for repairs to the Granby Miners Museum downtown.

Electrical work, originally estimated to cost $20,000, was completed for $5,000. Restoration and repair work on the exterior of the building has an estimated price tag of $15,000. About two-thirds of that project is completed.

Replacement of damaged antique ceiling tile and reroofing the building will require around $30,000.

The historical society has received donations from businesses and organizations including the La-Z-Boy Foundation, the Farber Foundation, the Granby Lions Club, Community Bank & Trust, and Stouffer Communications. So far, $11,400 of the money raised in the capital project campaign has come from individuals.

Ray Savage, chairman of the society’s board, said by phone that board members had thought the $50,000 goal was out of reach.

“It was a tremendous challenge for our group,” he said. “We’ve never done anything much beyond a pancake breakfast or a raffle.”

He said the group hasn’t reached the halfway mark, so the goal remains a challenge, but he’s optimistic. He said a student from Missouri Southern State University is assisting with applying for grants.

Want to donate?

TO DONATE, people may send checks to the Granby Historical Society, P.O. Box 45, Granby, MO 64844.