Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Perfect, personalized gift for the first-time homeowner, or historic home buff who loves living in history!
The cost is only $50…order by Friday, December 18th for delivery/pick-up by Christmas Eve!
Making a donation in any amount also makes a great gift (or stocking stuffer!)…make a donation by December 22nd, and we will mail you a personalized card for the special recipient.
The Preservation Trust also has t-shirts for sale for $15! See our website for the design: www.preservespartanburg.org
Contact Rebecca Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 542-2282 if you have questions or would like to place an order!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thanks to a RIGGS Createathon grant, the Preservation Trust's salvage store image received a much-needed makeover. Imagine amazingly creative ad folks (Kevin Smith and his partners at RIGGS) + SAS identity crisis and lack of any marketing materials + 24 hours of working genius.....it equals an amazing overhaul to the salvage image!
RIGGS renamed the store, created 3 separate image logos, business card and inventory tag layouts, 3 snazzy ads/copy, yard signs, etc...based on our ideas, hopes, and aspirations for the store and inspired by the Joyce Kilmer poem "The House With Nobody In It".
We are EVER grateful for the hard work and beautiful deliverables from RIGGS. For more information about the Createathon, visit: http://www.riggs-createathon.com/
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
That's right. A toy car. It was our big prize of the day.
How can a now-defunct, muddy, tireless Happy Meal type prize from the 1970's be a prize? Even cleaned up, the toy is only a shadow of what it used to be....a real, working matchbox car, a Mercedes Benz 450 SEL at that, with a spiffy gold-yellow paint job and rust-free chrome accents. But consider this: maybe it was an escape for a kid, living in modest 564 Cecil Court (or maybe visiting?), playing on the front walk, dreaming of living big one day.
That prize is part of the home's history. No one famous lived there; it is an ordinary two bedroom, one bathroom bungalow. But dig a little futher and you can picture its past: a family, kids, neighbors, community. And you realize that ordinary can be EXRAORDINARY.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Community housing development organization means a private nonprofit organization that: (1) Is organized under State or local laws; (2) Has no part of its net earnings inuring to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; (3) Is neither controlled by, nor under the direction of, individuals or entities seeking to derive profit or gain from the organization. A community housing development organization may be sponsored or created by a for-profit entity, but: (i) The for-profit entity may not be an entity whose primary purpose is the development or management of housing, such as a builder, developer, or real estate management firm. (ii) The for-profit entity may not have the right to appoint more than one-third of the membership of the organization's governing body. Board members appointed by the for-profit entity may not appoint the remaining two-thirds of the board members; and (iii) The community housing development organization must be free to contract for goods and services from vendors of its own choosing; (4) Has a tax exemption ruling from the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c) (3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 CFR 1.501(c)(3)-1); (5) Does not include a public body (including the participating jurisdiction). An organization that is State or locally chartered may qualify as a community housing development organization; however, the State or local government may not have the right to appoint more than one-third of the membership of the organization's governing body and no more than one-third of the board members may be public officials or employees of the participating jurisdiction or State recipient. Board members appointed by the State or local government may not appoint the remaining two-thirds of the board members; (6) Has standards of financial accountability that conform to 24 CFR 84.21, ``Standards for Financial Management Systems;'' (7) Has among its purposes the provision of decent housing that is affordable to low-income and moderate-income persons, as evidenced in its charter, articles of incorporation, resolutions or by-laws; [[Page 578]] (8) Maintains accountability to low-income community residents by: (i) Maintaining at least one-third of its governing board's membership for residents of low-income neighborhoods, other low-income community residents, or elected representative of low-income neighborhood organizations. For urban areas, ``community'' may be a neighborhood or neighborhoods, city, county or metropolitan area; for rural areas, it may be a neighborhood or neighborhoods, town, village, county, or multi-county area (but not the entire State); and (ii) Providing a formal process for low-income program beneficiaries to advise the organization in its decisions regarding the design, siting, development, and management of affordable housing; (9) Has a demonstrated capacity for carrying out activities assisted with HOME funds. An organization may satisfy this requirement by hiring experienced key staff members who have successfully completed similar projects, or a consultant with the same type of experience and a plan to train appropriate key staff members of the organization; and (10) Has a history of serving the community within which housing to be assisted with HOME funds is to be located. In general, an organization must be able to show one year of serving the community before HOME funds are reserved for the organization. However, a newly created organization formed by local churches, service organizations or neighborhood organizations may meet this requirement by demonstrating that its parent organization has at least a year of serving the community.
Working for a non-profit organization isn't just about giving back to the community. It is about accountability, managing board members, and advocating for change. Sometimes the last role is the hardest, especially if you wear many hats or incorporate all those pesky acronyms into defining your organization.
We like to think the Preservation Trust of Spartanburg is one-of-a-kind...not because we are singular to Spartanburg or have an all-female staff, but because we have never met another organization like our own. We are seeking that....non-profit, bricks and mortar, historic preservation developers that work in designated city or urban neighborhoods, are certified CHDOs, have a salvage operation, and do owner-occupied rehabilitation projects. Are you out there? If so, please write to us!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We are so glad our restoration of the Blackwood Bungalow has sparked (heated) debate about whether or not the project is worth doing....and why. Many thanks to Spartanburg Spark who has hosted the discussion, and for author Christopher George who has enlightened us on the dark history of Governor I.C. Blackwood, former resident of 232 Hydrick Street.
Please read the posts to learn more, and join in the discussion about preservation of homes and history.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Just as the economy was looking grim, and our prospects for raising in-kind donations from local businesses slim, the feature story has added wind back in our sails. Many thanks to the local media and local businesses for pledging their support and following the project. So far, Clement Lumber, Grasstenders, and Hodge Carpets have promised to assist with the project!
Ken Pangel of MP Services, LLC will be handling the reconstruction of the home!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
231 Hydrick Street, formerly 105 Hydrick Street, was built between circa 1918 by the Scruggs family, who also built 232 and 240 Hydrick St. Fielding T. Cantrell purchased the home for his son, Fieldeng A., the Cantrell family was influential in the carriage, wagon and automobile industry. In 1937, GraceVan Etten's family purchased the home and after marrying, daughter Betty moved in and resided there until 2003.
The photograph below is Betty Johnson (nee Van Etten) and husband Robert Lee Johnson on their wedding day, February 14, 1943. The handwritten note on the back of the photograph notes, "leaving (Old) Bethel Church after getting married."
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I recently traveled to my hometown of Lakeland, Florida and stayed with my cousin. She brought down a box of old family photos and shoebox containing old letters she had found when cleaning out our grandparents' home in 1997. As we started to open and read the letters, we realized the true gift we had discovered: love letters from my grandfather to my grandmother, courting her, from 1928 through 1930. These letters are filled with loving sentiments, showing us a side to our grandfather we never knew existed. We learned about his nicknames and found drawings in some of the letters. In effort to fully preserve (and yet share) the letters, I've taken on the task of scanning each one. It will be a slow process, but I am eager to take advantage of technology to share these small pieces of history with the modern world.
So, what is in your attic (or closet, or hope chest, or footlocker)? What did your relatives leave behind for you to discover? Take a look today; you might be surprised by what you find....