Historical society looks to rebuild m...

Historical society looks to rebuild museum lost to fire

There are 97 comments on the WTOC-TV Savannah story from Jun 21, 2011, titled Historical society looks to rebuild museum lost to fire. In it, WTOC-TV Savannah reports that:

A historic building containing the Hazlehurst Jeff Davis Historical Society museum was lost last week to a fire.

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Concerned taxpayer

Navarre, FL

#1 Jun 25, 2011
The last thing we need is a new museum. A new building would have no historical significance. Historial information should be displayed either at courthouse or new library. No heating ,cooling, painting cost to taxpayers. No staff would be required by historical society.
noticed

Brunswick, GA

#2 Jun 25, 2011
there was a room set aside at the Towns Bluff Heritage Center for a museum and the staff had nothing to display there; no donated items at all, last time I was there. Seems this would be an easy solution.
Real Disgusted

Navarre, FL

#3 Jun 25, 2011
noticed wrote:
there was a room set aside at the Towns Bluff Heritage Center for a museum and the staff had nothing to display there; no donated items at all, last time I was there. Seems this would be an easy solution.
You are so wrong..
Prolly

Navarre, FL

#4 Jun 25, 2011
Here is a novel idea! Lets leave the structure as is. It goes so well with the whole Ghost Town look we have going on around here!

Since: Sep 09

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#5 Jun 25, 2011
Why not "the Big House"? I know it's a culinary school but there should be room for historical things also. It is already owned by city/county. it is in an ideal place with plenty of parking--would be so easy to promote--and best of allWOULD PROBABLY GET PLENTY OF DONATIONS!!!!!!!!!!
Real Disgusted

Navarre, FL

#6 Jun 25, 2011
withoutadoubt wrote:
Why not "the Big House"? I know it's a culinary school but there should be room for historical things also. It is already owned by city/county. it is in an ideal place with plenty of parking--would be so easy to promote--and best of allWOULD PROBABLY GET PLENTY OF DONATIONS!!!!!!!!!!
Going there would leave thousands of dollars with the insurance co. that would otherwise help the local economy. Why wouldn't anywhere it goes or is rebuilt get plety of donations?
Observer

Jesup, GA

#7 Jun 25, 2011
Would be interesting to see the Visitors Log to determine visitor/use numbers from the past couple of years, but the records were probably lost in the fire. That would give us a Bench Mark to help in making some decisions about what to do next. Required sq footage for displays, memorabelia, historical documents, etc. would be helpful in considering it to an existing venue. The Fairgrounds 1890 Homestead - Big House - Heritaqe Center - all support the Theme and maybe some cost sharing would result and reduce the Overhead and support the staffing.
Real Disgusted

Navarre, FL

#8 Jun 25, 2011
Observer wrote:
Would be interesting to see the Visitors Log to determine visitor/use numbers from the past couple of years, but the records were probably lost in the fire. That would give us a Bench Mark to help in making some decisions about what to do next. Required sq footage for displays, memorabelia, historical documents, etc. would be helpful in considering it to an existing venue. The Fairgrounds 1890 Homestead - Big House - Heritaqe Center - all support the Theme and maybe some cost sharing would result and reduce the Overhead and support the staffing.
Would be interesting to see you at the next meetings of any of the organizations you mentioned and just as interesting to know where you've been all this time you were needed. You're like a missing nephew that shows up after the funeral.
My opinion

Savannah, GA

#9 Jun 25, 2011
Nancy donated the house for a museum,therefore I think she should be contacted to see where she would like the Historical Society located. This had to have been a big disappointment to her. She put a lot of time getting the house restored. It was a beautiful old house and a great loss to Hazlehurst and Jeff Davis County. Thanks Nancy!
Rockinhawk

United States

#10 Jun 25, 2011
What about the Depot... or the old Post office?
Real Disgusted

Navarre, FL

#11 Jun 25, 2011
Concerned taxpayer wrote:
The last thing we need is a new museum. A new building would have no historical significance. Historial information should be displayed either at courthouse or new library. No heating ,cooling, painting cost to taxpayers. No staff would be required by historical society.
Really - how much staff did the Hist. Soc. have now? Oh the ans. is none.

Since: Feb 10

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#12 Jun 25, 2011
They had volunteers donating time. It should be rebuilt to be able to recoup all the insurance it can. I for one will be willing to donate some of my families heirlooms for the new museum. I have already spoke to someone who is involved in the historic society about the items that I have and are willing to let them display. I have been to the past museum and also some of my family from out of town and I did not sign a log book on the numerous occasions that I went. The items in the museum is important to many of us who had family that made a difference yrs ago or even worked. It is also important to our youth present and future because there are things that they may never get the chance to see unless there family is very proactive in historical facts. How many of our youth even know what a treadle sewing machine is or how it worked or a toaster that you put the bread in the sides and close it up instead of in the top and it pops out when it is done. I for one am proud of our history and what has been accomplished over the years.
Just thinking out loud

United States

#13 Jun 26, 2011
The contractor is required to have five million in liability insurance to do any work on a Government building along with the insurance. So therefore they should have plenty to rebuild the building with.
To begin with any idiot would have known better to use a heat gun to strip paint off of a 100 year old building. It should have been pressure washed and scraped . Any one with common knowledge would have known a building that old would be made of fat lighter and the older the more flammable it will be. Adding heat to to a petroleum based product can only mean one thing FIRE! Who is responsible for the back ground and knowledge check of these contractor's . If they had used someone local the building would still be there. Also could have got volunteers to paint it like the caboose was done. All the money spent on the court house and it looks worse than it did to start with it's got a big turd piled on top of it now. why wasn't someone local hired to do this work there is several painters right here in this county that would have took more pride in these jobs and would have done a hell of lot better job.
Concerned taxpayer

Navarre, FL

#14 Jun 26, 2011
The museum property was not donated, it was purchased by city.
Know

Savannah, GA

#15 Jun 26, 2011
The museum was not purchased by the city or even the county but by the historical society. They paid Nancy Rogers around $80,000, as I remember and maybe a little bit more. She did not donate it. Hope they build a new one.
My opinion

Savannah, GA

#16 Jun 26, 2011
This was what was said at the time, probably because the City didn't purchase it. How long has the Historical Society been active in Hazlehurst. I wasn't aware of any organized club, but haven't been in Hazlehurst too long to have that information I guess. Was the money donated or was the money a loan which may have to be paid back?
Concerned taxpayer

Navarre, FL

#17 Jun 28, 2011
How is Historical Society funded?
Real Disgusted

Navarre, FL

#18 Jun 28, 2011
Concerned taxpayer wrote:
How is Historical Society funded?
Membership dues. Why don't you become concerned enough ro join?
No Support Here

United States

#19 Jun 28, 2011
I will not support any organization , club , venue or business that will not support local jobs first! There are to many people right here looking for work so why hire someone from another town. Take care of your people and they will take care of you.
Real Disgusted

Navarre, FL

#20 Jun 28, 2011
No Support Here wrote:
I will not support any organization , club , venue or business that will not support local jobs first! There are to many people right here looking for work so why hire someone from another town. Take care of your people and they will take care of you.
Locals had a chance to bid. They think their work is worth more than anyone else. If they had not put it on bid - you would have been the first to gripe - so gripe on. You must really be irritated about someone on dev. auth. opening a manufacturing facility in another city. Or how about all those people that fought the prison a few years back. How about McPhearson having jobs elsewhere or Williams Bros. trucking in Baxley. You really have a bunch of no support work ahead of you.

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