Rick Dickinson puts final nails in trim around newly installed windows.
In mid-October we finally got the windows purchased from Shoshone Glass with money from a 2022 grant from INNOVIA.
The windows were ordered right after receiving the $7,200 grant but since they were a custom size and with manufacturing delays due to COVID it took nearly a year to get them.
We were able to purchase three custom Pella windows that were installed in the School and Fraternal display room on the second floor.
Thanks to Rick Dickinson who gave us very favorable pricing for his highly skilled work installing the windows.
We also thank Dante Bisaro owner of The Rental Store for giving us a free day's rent and waving delivery charges on the manlift.
A fresh coat of paint graces the south elevation of the Staff House.
(The chimney will be stripped back to original red brick and sealed in near future)
In the closing days of 2022 the Shoshone County Board of County Commissioners allocated $22,500 of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLRF) to the Mining Museum to partially fund a $35,000 request for repainting the exterior of the Staff House building.
Silver Valley Painting was awarded the contract to paint the West and South elevations. The work was nearly completed in late November before weather prevented final detail work. Our deepest gratitude to Philip Howard and his crew for squeezing us into their busy schedule this year. Their work has been first rate and the crew was a pleasure to work with.
Idaho Heritage Trust has approved grant money that will help will help us to continue the painting at the North elevation which we hope to have done in the Spring.
Shannon Sardell the Historical Architect for the Idaho Heritage Trust (IHT) visited our museum in early September. Much useful information was provided about past work on the building and recommendations for future projects was obtained. It was recommended that the paint be removed from the brick chimney exposing its original appearance. We were pleased to learn that due to their good condition and insulation value of storm windows on the windows opening onto the veranda, that such will not need to be replaced in the near future.
Our many thanks to Shannon for the useful input and to the Idaho Historical Trust for providing her services.
Nearly fifty members of the National State Boards of Geology Managers visited our museum in late October. The group of managers for state geology boards from across the country especially enjoyed our various mineral collections, the Bunker Hill exhibit and the mine models. Their tour director arranged for Radio Brew Pub to cater their lunch which they were served at tables we provided in the basement. Earlier they had visited Kaiser Aluminum in the Spokane Valley and were headed to the Sunshine Mine after leaving us. We greatly enjoyed hosting this very interesting group.
Basement of Staff House
An overview of how Ed Pommerening lead the transformation of the once brown bare hillsides of Kellogg into the lush green hills we see today.