Fundraiser Re­turns For His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGIN­NIS

With Moth­ers’ Day fes­tiv­i­ties be­hind us, mem­bers of the River­bank His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety turn their ef­forts to their big fundraiser this week­end, the Af­ter-Mother’s Day Omelette Break­fast.

It is their an­nual ef­fort to raise op­er­at­ing funds that get the so­ci­ety through the year. Other on­go­ing fundrais­ing activities will help the so­ci­ety build the mu­seum an­nex next to the cur­rent mu­seum.

The tick­ets for the break­fast are avail­able at City Hall, O’Brien’s Mar­ket, at the Mu­seum dur­ing open hours, and, ul­ti­mately, at the door. The cost for adult tick­ets is $10 with ticket prices for chil­dren 6 and un­der $5. The break­fast will be served at the River­bank Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 3600 Santa Fe, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sun­day, May 20.

The break­fast menu in­cludes cus­tom made omelettes, with all the fix­ings, and a re­cent ad­di­tion is Mi­mosas for pur­chase. They have be­come quite pop­u­lar over the past few years.

The River­bank His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is a non-profit 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tion. The So­ci­ety pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams about lo­cal his­tor­i­cal per­sons and places, and it stores and dis­plays ar­ti­facts and pho­to­graphs in the re­mod­eled Carnegie Li­brary which now serves as the River­bank His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum.

The fa­cil­ity is owned by the City of River­bank as is the prop­erty next door, where an an­nex is planned to be built. Fundrais­ing activities are

set for later in the year to add to the build­ing fund.

So­ci­ety vol­un­teers staff and op­er­ate the His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum, at 3237 Santa Fe in down­town River­bank. It is be­hind City Hall North. The mu­seum is open Tues­days and Thurs­days from 10 a.m. to noon, and Satur­days from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

It pro­vides a meet­ing place for vis­i­tors to view and dis­cuss lo­cal his­tor­i­cal events and ma­te­ri­als. Fundrais­ers and do­na­tions are used to main­tain dis­plays and fur­nish­ings within the mu­seum.

Ac­cord­ing to So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Kristin Platts, the so­ci­ety is ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing, pre­sent­ing and ed­u­cat­ing fam­i­lies on the his­tory of River­bank. They uti­lize the motto: “Help us pre­serve the past be­fore it slips away.”

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