The San Saba Museum has won a $24,880 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority. The grant will be used to improve the interior and exterior of the 30-year old tilt panel structure. The total cost of the project is $49,077. Of this amount, LCRA will provide about half of the cost with the City of San Saba and the museum providing the rest.
The project got a dramatic jumpstart last fall when the City launched a creative project to improve the museum’s accessibility to the mobility-impaired while bringing the appearance of the grounds to a level consistent with the rest of Mill Pond Park. The long-term plan is to tie the museum’s pathways to the entrance to the Park, the nearby playscapes, to LCRA’s Nature Park (which will open this fall) and to the memorial pathway bordering the west side of the Mill Pond.
The interior improvements focus on improving lighting, reducing energy costs, and upgrading electrical service. The exterior improvements include adding attractive cedar columns, installing exterior insulation and building a façade of stucco and native sandstone.
The grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire department and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of San Saba is one of LCRA’s 43 whole electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
Lori LeBlue, administrator of the program for LCRA, made a special trip to San Saba on June 30 to deliver the award. The museum hosted a meeting and reception at its facilities. Among those attending included LCRA Commissioner Mike McHenry, LCRA staff member Steve Dyer, County Judge Byron Theodosis, City Manager Stan Weik, Economic Development Director Tony Guidroz, museum officers and trustees and a number of other special guests.
Museum President Lynn Blankenship hosted the festivities and thanked everyone for their part in helping WIN the grant. City Manager Weik described a bold vision for creating a diverse and exciting entertainment venue centered around Mill Pond Park. And, Judge Theodosis commented that like a wise grandparent who makes every grandchild feel special, LCRA has a way of making every county feel important.
The museum will soon launch a fundraising campaign to raise its share of the funds. The museum is a 501c3 organization and most contributions are tax deductible.
The museum needs donations of time, money and precious artifacts. Contact Lynn Blankenship at 325.372.8807 to make a donation or for more information.