Oliver Springs Historical Society renovating historic building

Oliver Springs Historical Society renovating historic building

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Members of the Oliver Springs Historical Society started raising money four years ago to renovate a historic building in town to call their new home. Members of the Oliver Springs Historical Society started raising money four years ago to renovate a historic building in town to call their new home.
"We think history is a great thing," said chairman Edward Coker. "We want to try our best to preserve it." "We think history is a great thing," said chairman Edward Coker. "We want to try our best to preserve it."
"Oliver Springs has such a compelling history," said archivist Robbie Underwood, "Things that have happened in our town over the years, really rivals other larger towns." "Oliver Springs has such a compelling history," said archivist Robbie Underwood, "Things that have happened in our town over the years, really rivals other larger towns."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE) - A group of people in Oliver Springs are on a mission to keep their history alive.     

Members of the Oliver Springs Historical Society started raising money four years ago to renovate a historic building in town to call their new home.     

In a matter of months this project will be complete.        

The new home for the historical society will be located on Winter Gap Avenue. It was previously the Abston building, which was built in 1915 as a garage.      

Every detail on the building is being handcrafted on site. Members of the society want this building to be very special.

"We think history is a great thing," said chairman Edward Coker. "We want to try our best to preserve it."

The 7,000 square foot building will house a 200 seat theater, a climate controlled archive room, and a museum.

"Oliver Springs has such a compelling history," said archivist Robbie Underwood, "Things that have happened in our town over the years, really rivals other larger towns."

The society has not gotten any money from the county or city to fund the project.

"It's been a privately donated project," said Coker. "We haven't had any funding on it other than people's donations." 

So far, $200,000 has been donated to get the project complete.

They hope to get the main portion of the building open by the end of the year.

"We are just trying to pass that forward to ensure our kids and their kids will know what it's like to be from our town," added Underwood.

The Oliver Springs Historical Society is one of the largest in the area with around 200 members.

Society members said they have tried to get a few grants, but have been unsuccessful.

They also say they have not been able to get county or city leaders to help fund the project.

The sheriff is allowing trustees to help with some of the construction on the building.

Monetary donations are always welcomed to continue the project.

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