To aid the Sacramento Valley Museum with its efforts to restore the Glen Valley School House, District 3, Supervisor Mark Marshall contributed $20,000 from the supervisors special project fund. Each of the Colusa County Supervisors were allotted $25,000 to contribute to special projects of their choice in their districts or any part of Colusa County.
The Glen Valley School House, originally located 10 miles Northwest of Williams and when it closed in the mid 1930’s it was later moved into town where it served as the Grange Hall. Over the years it was used as a meeting hall for Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H meetings and even functioned for a time as a church. Finally, it became home to the champion Colusa County Rugby Team until the mid-1980’s when it donated it to the Sacramento Valley Museum for restoration.
The Glen Valley School House, now located on the museum campus, will serve as a living history element for the museum will providing opportunities for local students to capture a glimpse at their county’s history.
The Glen Valley School House will be modeled after the Old Sacramento School House Museum, in Old Sacramento. Museum trustee, Dixie LaGrande, serves as a docent for the Old Sacramento School House and is learning criteria to be used at the exhibit. The museum anticipates the Glen Valley School House will be used as an old-fashioned learning center and serve as a venue for school field trips, summer history camps and provide a display of education history in Colusa County.
The income from these events will help the museum become more independently sustainable said museum director Kathy Manor.
Upon accepting the check from Marshall, Manor commented that he has been amazing in the support and has shown the museum over the years.
“Because of Mark’s efforts, we now have air conditioning and an excellent heating unit,” she said.
Marshall commented that he chose to utilize his special project funds for the Sacramento Valley Museum’s Glen Valley School House project for several reasons.
“The Museum is one of the county’s more under-appreciated historic and cultural resources in the county,” said Marshall, “Kathy and the museum board do an amazing job with the museum. There is always something new to see.”
Manor commented that the museum board has been working for five to six years to raise the funds for the school house project.
“These special project funds Mark has made available will bring the project to its completion,” said Manor.
For information about the Sacramento Valley Museum visit their website at http://www.sacvalleymuseum.org