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Page 6 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, June 29, 1983 New Historical Society leader has big plans for old museum by Debbie L. Romano Western Washington intern Greg Spranger has been a member of the lssaquah His- torical Society for six weeks, yet already he is the new chairman and has grand plans for pumping new life into the society. By the end of July, he hopes to complete his first project: restoring the false front on the Andrews Street museum. The false front would be similar to the one on the old Oddfellows Hall on Front Street. He also plans to build a deck with a wheelchair ramp on the building. The labor is all volunteer -- Spranger, his wife Corinne, Laura Fore- man, Susi Sullivan, Felicity [.owe, Jeanne Berry, Ray- chole L'Anett, Harreson Co- ty and Calen Daniel, all society members, spend spare time working on the project. Spranger also hopes to get the spouses of some of the members involved, but he thinks there are enough peo- ple to get the labor done. Spranger hustles donations wherever he can. Some materials have been contri- buted already: the doors; paint for inside and out by Lewis Hardware; windows by Harris Refrigeration; leaded glass for above the doors by Perry Stained Glass; Victorian ornamenta- tion for the exterior by Browse and Barter; and new locks for the building by Eastside Security. He even talked his way into a free an- swering service for the museum. Spranger is still looking for donations of lumber, sheet metal, nails, dry wall and dry wall work, and is not shy about asking for them. People who look as though they may have some know- ledge of Issaquah's history find themselves accosted by Spranger in the street as he tries to delve deeper into the past. Merchants may find Spranger's enthusiasm luring them to donate material to museum projects. The inside of the museum will also be renovated. One room will have its walls removed and become a glassed-in exhibit. Some ex- hibits will be equipped with taped explanations about each item, complete with sound effects and spotlights highlighting items as they are discussed. For example, an old ax would have a tape giv- ing a brief history of logging, with sounds of wood chop- ping, a steam mill puffing and perhaps cries of "Tim- ber!" in the background. With these tapes, volunteers who watch the museum on weekends won't have to be history experts, Spranger said. The museum is open now only by appoint- ment, though he hopes to have it open during the week- ends later. He hopes to find a place to display several new items recently given to the society, such as a sleigh built around the turn of the century and a small church pipe organ, donated by John Whitaker of Issaquah Villa. Another project Spranger would like to tackle is getting the old railroad depot next to Memorial Field. There have already been attempts to ac- quire the railroad depot, which is owned by the Blaine Petty Co. and used as a loading site and warehouse for building supplies. A year ago, the city was also in- terested in getting the depot as a historical site. It tried to get Petty a warehouse on land owned by St. Regis. City Administrator Leon Kos said he thought the deal fell through because of security problems on a site anyone could get to 24 hours a day. Kos said Spranger may be able to come up with a new plan. "The new chairman has an exciting new idea; he may have a compromise solution that hasn't worked out in the past, but may work now," said Kos. Spranger is full of en- thusiasm. Anyone expressing the slightest interest in history will be treated to an energetic discussion of some point of Issaquah town lore. Just walking down a street, he often exclaims "Boy, I love this town," or "Issa- quah's so full of history, it's museum for the town's past. The original would remain the hub of the society, and be restored as the first town hall. The railroad depot would become a museum for railroad, logging and coal mining artifacts. The Historical Society hopes to acquire some addi- tional property, where Spranger would like to see several of the town's old homes moved as sort of a "Heritage Village." The ultimate goal, he said, would be to have these houses as self-supporting bed-and- breakfast inns, with live-in caretakers. There are grants available for historical projects for OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE I&SAQ.UAH I00I00AzA ii i iiiii OPENING AUGUST 16 Presenhng the largest and nicest o.ff!ce building in Issaquah. Its grade of finish and amenities place it among the finest in its class in the entire Seattle-Metro market. Flexible lease terms, innovative space plans and convenient access. Pleasant Productive Working Environment Designer coordinated professional space planning 2-man offices up to 24,000 sq. ft. Full Service Security Sprinkler System Ample Parking Close to parks, recreation, fine restaurants, entertainment' and motel accommodations LEASE INFORMATION Contact Rick Ryerson 454-7613 Across from Albertson's & Ernst  In The Renton Highlands DVCOUnT nPPUnn00 TV 4608 N.E. SUNSET BLVD. 27?'-0600 ISSA00g00--00 Robinson-Ryerson, Development Construction Services, Inc. Project greatI" His interest in history began when he was eight years old and found two bat- tered cuckoo clocks in a gar- bage can. He took them apart and fixed them. Even- tually he collected about 50 clocks. One he moved out of his parents' house, he had room to collect bigger play- things. Spranger moved to the Is- saquah area about three years ago. A native of Fuller- ton, Calif., he came to Issa- quah occasionally while on business trips to the Ntf;h- west. The 31-year-'.d Spranger fell in love with t'le area, and made living here his goal. He is a regional representative for Geary Pacific Sales, selling heating and air conditioning units. Spranger said he didn't join the Historical Society when he first moved here be- cause he didn't kno nyone in town. "Now I must know at least a third of the population," he said. "I'm a waver and a honker. I like to get to know people." And so he has. He could charm bark off a tree if it would help preserve Issa- quah's history. The new slogan of the societY is "Pre- serving the Past and the Pre- sent for the Fut" Even t uallyi;,Spranger ' those who know how to get them, Spranger said, but the society will need to lean heavily on donations and volunteers. A rummage sale in the future may also help to raise funds. The city's Historical Commission, which may have been able to help, was dissolved by the Ci- ty Council about three mon- ths ago. "As we become more visi- ble, we hope to get more community support. And with more community sup- port, we can accomplish more things," Spranger said. The Historical Society meets at 7:45 p.m. on the se- cond and fourth Tuesday of every month in the museum. The membership is small at the moment and new dues have not been decided on yet. The number for the society is 392-3500, If anyone wants to donate materials, time or money, or is interested in becoming a member, leave a message with the answering service..Spranger will definitely return the call. Greg Spranger poses In front of the old town hall he hopes to spruce up In months. Photo by Debble Romano. Financial planning offered For more information on the unique financial concerns of women, including budget- ing, credit and investments, come to a two-sessionr..class on "Financial Planning for Worn en. ' ' a.m. to noon July 6 and 7 at Lake Washington Vocational Technical Institute in Kirk- land. . Both men.and women can come. The fee is $26. 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