BROOKLINE — Progress continues to be made on the barn that will house the Brookline Historical Society’s growing collection of memorabilia, and this weekend a dinner will be held at the barn to raise funds for the project.
“Addressing our modest budget head on, we are hard at work this weekend hosting a spaghetti dinner in the hopes of raising $1,000 or $2,000 and whittling away a little more of the $60,000 or so we feel we need to complete the building project,” said Brookline Historical Sociey member Scott Grzyb.
The supper will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at the barn on Meetinghouse Hill Road.
Grzyb and his wife originally bought the frame of the old 38-foot by 40-foot barn, dating from 1870, and donated it to the historical society to add on to their small museum. Last July, the frame was erected and work has continued on the building ever since.
“More than one thousand unpaid man/woman hours have been donated by both amateur and construction trade volunteers alike,” said Grzyb. “Weekly Saturday morning work parties saw many of these volunteers skillfully hammering, measuring (twice) and cutting board feet upon board feet of the locally harvested timber donated by a handful of Brookline landowners specifically for this project.”
Milling of the timbers was done by Bingham Lumber, a local company, and folks have donated more than $45,000 in cash to pay for things that need to be purchased, Grzyb said.
“An insulated metal roof was installed about two weeks ago so the barn is now officially weather-tight from above,” he said.
Most of the windows for the barn have been installed though there are a few that remain financially out of reach, and once the barn doors are made and installed, insulation and interior siding can begin.
“Aside from the foundation and recently completed metal roof, nearly every component part of the barn has been donated by individuals and businesses of Brookline,” said Grzyb. “It is truly remarkable when, as a community of volunteers and donors, its population of single and multi-generational families share a common experience that, in turn, becomes a moment in history unto itself.”
The barn will house the Brookline Historical Society’s extensive collection of memorabilia from the Fresh Pond Ice Company, salvaged from Lake Potanipo by diver Joseph King.
Though the ice company hasn’t been around since 1935 when its building burned, many of the tools of the trade still remain under the surface of the pond.
For more information visit www.brooklinehistory.org