FVA gets Historical Society grant
Frontier Village has received a $10,000 State Historical Society of North Dakota grant to help prioritize its future.In her report to the Frontier Village Association Board of Directors meeting Thursday, Nichole Mosolf, village manager, said half...
Frontier Village has received a $10,000 State Historical Society of North Dakota grant to help prioritize its future.
In her report to the Frontier Village Association Board of Directors meeting Thursday, Nichole Mosolf, village manager, said half of the grant will go to complete a report on FVA priorities, and the remainder toward the top priority from the report.
FVA Vice President Nellie Degan, who worked on the application, said the report is an overview by a consultant from the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and its recommendations are valuable as a support document for all grant-writing efforts.
The board voted 6-0 to accept the grant, with member Jim Cofield absent.
The board accepted 70 “Talking Trail Points” recommendations as presented by Jamestown Tourism Executive Director Searle Swedlund.
Svedlund said a Mandan-based company will record compelling stories that explain various sites of interest in the area.
Talking Points sites have a sign with a phone number that when dialed will play not just names and facts, but a compelling narrative that gives a comprehensive story about the object in relation to people and the times they lived, he said.
“This is historical reference and adapts the story to offer the visitor a more engaging experience,” Swedlund said.
The $400 cost per Talking Point is paid by Jamestown Tourism, Swedlund said. Nearly 15 of the sites are in Frontier Village, and some of the others tell stories related to the village.
“This is a substantial investment that I believe will pay off very quickly,” Swedlund said.
Swedlund also presented the new grant application forms that he said now requires complete financial documents, to include a budget along with a profit and loss statement, or an itemized revenue and expenses form.
In her report, Secretary Treasurer Tina Busche said that to date FVA has spent $19,522 on Mary’s Place renovation and clean up from a delayed roofing job that left the interior exposed.
“We still have interior and exterior work to do to complete the building,” Busche said.
Board President Charley Tanata said that before the board votes to accept a bid to complete the project in the spring, that it wait to review a second bid recently received. In the meantime the insurance settlements are being finalized and will offer a clearer picture of the available budget, he said.
The board voted unanimously to wait and review the second bid.
“Mary’s House is costing us a fortune,” said member JoAnn Herrick.
“We are preserving the history of Jamestown,” Degen said. “The extensive work is better than Band-Aid fixes and will make the buildings more insurable and will help us with future grants too.”
Hess, also a Mary’s Place tenant, said moldy items damaged from the exposure have been thrown away. Other items saved will go on display in other buildings, such as antique cameras, records and photos.
The board agreed to pay $500 for Mosolf to increase her hours to complete holiday decorations around the village. Work is to be completed prior to the Christmas in the Village with Santa & Mrs. Claus event in the Town Hall building from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The event is sponsored by Frontier Village and hosted by the Wild West Players.
Mosolf said Kevin, Debi and Deztyni Schieffer, of Jamestown, donated $250 worth of holiday decorations.
The next FVA meeting is at 4 p.m. Jan. 14.