OSKALOOSA – The Book Vault will hold a special celebration on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. to unveil its landmark building landmark at 105 South Market Street. The public is invited to attend.
“This will be the last historic marker to be installed as part of a 10-building project that began in 2017 and was led by a group of community volunteers,” said Steering Committee Member Ann Brouwer. Buildings that have received historical markers include the Oskaloosa Fire Hall, Mahaska County Courthouse, Iowa Building, Trolley Place, Centennial Block, Frankel Building, IMB Soc. building, the Oskaloosa Public Library and the Stapp Building.
Calvin Bandstra, Steering Committee Research Coordinator, developed a PowerPoint presentation for the ceremony. The historical facts of this amazing building include the preservation of architectural elements. Marble walls, stained glass skylights and original vaults can still be seen in the building today!
Each historical marker includes the year the building was built, the type of architecture, photos of the building over the years, and some interesting and fun facts to entice community members and visitors. Additionally, there is a link to a webpage hosted by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, https://www.mahaskachamber.org/history on each marker. Here people can find a more in-depth history of the building.
“The webpage is maintained in the Chamber, so there is a community institution in place to help preserve this history for the future,” Bandstra explained. “Osky News recently conducted a Zoom interview with Emily Russell, who is a former building owner and longtime advocate for historic preservation in Oskaloosa. The public can view this interview on the webpage.
“The people who inhabited these buildings are as much or more a part of the building’s history than the brick and mortar,” Brouwer said. “We encourage anyone with photos of the building or information about occupants over the years to help us add to the documented history.”
According to Steering Committee Member Sherry Vavra, after the ceremony, the public is invited to attend a celebration in The Alley to recognize and thank the many volunteers who have contributed to the success of the historic building marker project. “It was a great historic journey as we showcased these beautiful buildings. “So many people gave their time and talents to make this project possible.
“We were able to create a lasting legacy for future generations, which is definitely something special to celebrate,” Vavra pointed out.
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