Historical Society kicks off year-end museum fundraiser

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Valley Central: The old Safford Carpet building will be disassembled and reassembled later reborn as the museum for the Graham County Historical Society. The GCHS is seeking tax-deductible donations to help with the reassembly.

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Safford – The Graham County Historical Society (GCHS) recently celebrated the acquisition and dismantling of a large metal building destined to become its new museum. Looking to the future, members are now seeking continued community support to enable the next phases of the project to move forward.

“All donations toward the museum are fully tax deductible. With the tax year coming to an end, we know many people will be making end-of-year tax-deductible contributions and we hope to bolster our fundraising efforts with the help of those donations,” said GCHS President Chris Gibbs. “We have always been very thankful because community support for our museum was always great in the past.  We really want to reopen soon for valley-wide participation and education.”

The GCHS has developed a new website that facilitates secure online donations through PayPal, which accepts most major credit cards. Visit www.grahamazhistory.org/give for a link to PayPal as well as an address where checks can be mailed.

An estimated $225,000 will be needed to develop an architectural and engineering design for the building’s interior and to fully construct the museum including a new roof, flooring, insulation, interior walls, plumbing, electrical outlets, and more. The anticipated location for the new museum will be on the Graham County Fairgrounds property beside U.S. 191.

For more information, or to join or renew your GCHS membership, contact Membership Chair Hal Herbert at 928-235-1980 or Secretary Diane Drobka at 928-485-2744.

The Graham County Historical Society is organized exclusively for historical preservation and educational purposes under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Charitable contributions are fully tax deductible.