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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, September 4, 2014
Brooksville Historical Society seeks input on organization’s future

The main topic of discussion at the Brooksville Historical Society’s annual meeting on August 24 involved identifying “an adequate building to house the special collection of items preserving the town’s history,” according to a news release from the historical society.

The subject will be discussed in greater detail at a meeting on Wednesday, September 10, at 7 p.m. in the Brooksville Town House.

In the meantime, the Brooksville Historical Society board wants to hear from other members and local residents about the society’s future. “Anyone having concerns may speak to a board member and/or attend the September meeting,” according to the news release. While any board member may be contacted, the news release offered two options: Lorraine Dyer at 326-8257 and Reta Hunter at 326-4434.

At the annual meeting, board members considered two locations for housing the special collection. The “Boathouse,” which was donated by the late Edna Lund, has housed the major collection. There is an agreement with the Lund family that the building can be improved and remain the property of the historical society as long as it is used to house the artifacts of the town of Brooksville. Should it cease to be used for that purpose, ownership would revert to the Lund family heirs.

A second option is to use the so-called “Farmhouse and Barn,” which was donated to the society by Frederick Green. Although some renovations have been addressed, “there are several restrictions placed by the donor on the property.”

“We cannot change the front of the farmhouse, and this would be the logical place to provide handicap access,” the release states. “There can be no parking in front of the building and no more than five cars parked on the property at one time. The carpenter estimates the cost to make this location acceptable for a public museum is much more expensive than we are able to consider.”

A motion made at the annual meeting “to authorize the officers to conduct appropriate due diligence pertaining to the potential sale of the ‘Farmhouse’ property and rehabilitation of the ‘Boathouse’” passed by unanimous vote of the members present.

“We have a special town with wonderful history,” the release states. “It is important to preserve the artifacts and information of Brooksville, and the building to house this material is very important. As of now, critters like to share space with town artifacts, and the temperature in the storage area in the attic can be harmful to items needing to be stored.

“The board asks for your input and understanding as we deal with this situation. We hope to see you at the meeting in September and to hear from interested townspeople in the meantime.”