The Coloma Area Historical Society Has Two Buildings:
Spalding Store Museum and the Carriage House
The Coloma Area Historical Society broke ground on Monday, June 10,2016 for the Spalding Museum Carriage House on the grounds of the 1878 Spalding General Store Museum. CAHS had originally rescued the historic old building from its location in Old Coloma Corners in 2007 where had been slated for demolition. When the owner recognized the building’s historical significance, it was donated to the historical society with the stipulation that it be moved.
In 2008, the old General Store was moved to its present site in the Coloma Community Park. With the work of many volunteers, the old building was brought back to life as a museum, displaying old time general store and postal articles and special exhibits. Since then, over 900 visitors have enjoyed the museum and exhibits.
From the very beginning CAHS had involved the community in their mission: To preserve Coloma area history for future generations and to educate the community about our past. Soon, donated items filled the shelves of the museum and the historical society’s limited storage area to overflowing. Many wonderful old items had to be turned down for lack of room.
After five years, it became obvious an expansion was called for and the building committee rolled up their sleeves and went back into action. Plans drawn up presently call for a 24′ by 81′ building with four bays to be located on the grounds just north of the Spalding Museum. This will allow CAHS to accept and permanently display many of the historic items donated, and to rotate exhibits and collections never seen before.
The Spalding Museum Carriage House building campaign will kick off on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 during the Annual Lions Chicken Chew in the Coloma Community Park. Everyone is invited to stop in the Spalding General Store Museum and see the rendering of the new Spalding Museum Carriage House. CAHS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and all donations to the building fund are tax deductible.
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