The Friends of Historic Spring City (Friends) have sponsored Heritage Day celebrations since 1983 when the Daughters of Utah Pioneers turned the Spring City Old School over to the local Spring City government.The Friends have spronsored an annual recognition award to individuals for special service to the City's history since 1995. The Friends support a small historic library that contains important information pertaining to Spring City and it's residents. The Friends have sponsored a scholarship program with local hitory emphasis since 2001 to help local students fund their educations. The Friends support a barn preservation program which helps anyone in need of saving an old barn. The Friends helps with the Sanpete Clasic Bicycle race starting in 2005. Since 1998 the Friends have been the main force behind the preservation of the Old 1899 Spring City Public School. The Friends also have provided support in obtaining historical plaques for historic buildings on the National Register.
Short history of the Friends of Historic Spring City
First Year of the Heritage Days Home Tour.
November 1993 the Old School Trust was formed by Doug and Susan Howard. A lease agreement was made with the City and the Howards. Ron Christensen made an effort to help the Howards create a Cultural Arts Center out of the old building. The Project did not succeed.
$2000.00 was given to Verl Osmond to get 501-C-3 tax exempt status. This money has not been returned nor accounted for.
The 1994 Home Tour raised $7258.00. The account balance after expenses was $5939.00.
The Home Tour raised $6817.00. The account balance after expenses was $11,882.00.
The Home Tour raised $4484.00, with an end of year balance of $13,872.00.
Friends of Historic Spring City officially became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The data for 1978 National Register Survey of historic sites in Spring City was updated.
The FHSC printed a historic home tour booklet. A portion of the costs were matched by a certified Local Government Grant contribution of $1264.
The FHSC started an annual scholarship program to help local Spring City students.
In the summer of 2000 The FHSC donated about $1000 worth of work to save Carma Beck’s barn.
A CLG grant of $17,000 funded Main Street projects for various individuals and a new kitchen in city hall.
FHSC donated about $1000 worth of work to save Ken Exeter’s barn. This was Merton Christensen’s old barn..
Spring City received a $100,000.00 Save America’s Treasures grant for the Old School.
Jewell Rasmussen donated $10,000 toward the old school project.
Einer Bergstedt donated $1000 to the FHSC.
Mormon History Association had it’s Annual Meeting in Spring City this year.
FHSC received a $50,000 grant from the Eccles Foundation for the old school.
Sue Sanford Ball donated $1000 to the FHSC in Memory of her husband, Glade Anderson.
A third floor was added to the Old School with help from a Save America’s Treasures grant.
($100,000 grant plus $100,000 match from the Friends)
Einer Bergstedt donated $1000 to the FHSC.
Kimberley Stewart donated her services to set of the Friends of Historic Spring City website.
The roof framing was upgraded with the help of a George and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation Grant.
The site survey of Spring City for the National Historic Register was updated again this year by the FHSC.
The Spring City Home Tour booklet was updated, redesigned and reprinted.
The slide show of Historical Spring City photos was updated. The show is shown at Heritage Day Celebrations.
The roof was re-sheathed and re-shingled.
The City was asked to help determine a use for the old school to increase to opportunity to receive more grants. The FHSC met with the City Council to explain our ideas for possible uses and consequent code requirements needed for potential uses.
Heritage Day Celebration raised $15,398.
The City Council agreed on the following use plan for the Old School in August:
First Floor - 3 Rooms for City use and 1 Room for DUP use.
Second Floor - Rent Rooms for community functions.
Third Floor - Offices or studios to rent.
Structural steel frames were installed in the existing chimneys
Mike Murphy was given a contract to repaint the Old Firehouse on Main Street for $4000.
The Heritage Day Celebration raised $25,800. Home tour tickets $7380; ArtSquared auction $10,440; Spring City Art Print Suites and art sales $7250.
FHSC members discussed ways the organization can broaden our community service, beyond saving the Old School, Firehouse, several barns in town, Historic House plaques, National Historic Register updating and monitoring and scholarships.
Architect Jack Brady begins to develop a layout for the use of the Old School
Structural design for the interior was begun
Work was done on the Historic Fire House
2 College scholarships were awarded this year.
Interior framing commenced in the northeast room partly paid for by CLG grants from 2009-2011
Another Eccles grant of $100,000 which was matched by $160,000 raised by the Friends. Application by the Friends on behalf of Spring City to the Community Impact Board for $646,000.
The CIB awards to the City a $323,000 grant and a $323,000 low interest loan. The Friends pledge to repay the loan portion.
2012 Interior structural framing on the Old School is completed. The Whitmore family pledges $100,000 on behalf of Cutler Schofield.