The United Telephone Building, 1003 Main, Goodland, was named to the National Historic Register Oct. 4, 2017. The designation is only the beginning of the work ahead. For any project to be successful, those involved must find people and funds to do the work. As with every other project, restoring the telephone building will require volunteers and donations. The Society will be holding several fundraising opportunities. For more information or to donate, please call 785-890-6773.
Telephone building to become research center
Sherman County Historical Society plans to make the telephone building into a research center and meeting place. Once the historical society has prepared the building for use, the society will install desks and computers downstairs for researchers to use.
In order to preserve the delicate records, the society will keep all records upstairs in library stacks. Researchers may request records and authorized personnel will retrieve them. The society needs donations for computers and other equipment necessary to digitize their records.
Currently, the society rents space at 620 Caldwell for the Parker Research Center, but that space is cramped. Preparing the telephone building to replace the Parker Center will be expensive and time consuming. In order to shorten the time and lessen the expense, the society needs volunteers and donations.
Volunteers and donations requested
“We need volunteers to help scrape,” Jane Philbrick of the historical society said.
The exterior walls need to be tuckpointed, especially in some areas. Some of the interior walls need plastering.
“If construction professionals would loan their services, we’d love to have them,” Philbrick said.
The work is underway
The historical society’s volunteers have started cleaning and refurbishing the building. The society also has applied for grants. As a result, the society has received a $66,290 Kansas Heritage Trust Fund Grant to fix the windows. Schamber Historic Preservation is the window contractor.
The historical society has also received a $23,693 grant from Dane Hansen Foundation to help with the heating and air conditioning system. Pat Townsend of Goodland will do that work. However, grants don’t come without cost. The society had to provide a 20 percent match for both grants.