Hermosa Arts & History Association Museum Renovations
Ongoing Museum Renovations The HAHA Museum building has a long history of service to the Hermosa community. The building has undergone major changes as it has transitioned from an 1896 schoolhouse to a 1929 Masonic Hall to the HAHA Museum in 2000. A Museum history and timeline may be found on the webpage About the HAHA Museum.
Below you will find photos and stories of some of the renovations that have been made since HAHA first acquired this elderly building in the year 2000.
March 25th, 2018 -- Workday at the Museum Members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church Hermosa SD formed a Thrivent Action Team and helped with HAHA building restoration Sunday, March 25th. The volunteers, including the Church Youth Group (middle school students from Hermosa), insulated the first floor east room as a service project. HAHA members Dan and Shelley Martin coordinated the safety protection, ladders and scaffolding, and supervised the work.
HAHA owes a huge thank you to Pastor Deb Grismer, the Church Youth Group, and many others for putting this together. For their volunteer work this spring, the Youth Group will be awarded money from Thrivent to fund a youth service trip this summer. +-+-+-+ Thrivent is a not-for-profit, membership organization of Christians that offers life insurance, annuities and mutual funds, but whose goal is to “blend faith, finances and generosity” and “support programs that help build stronger families, churches and communities.” +-+-+-+
See our Youth Group volunteers in action! Photos courtesy of HAHA member Candice Leigh and the Church Youth Group.
April 22, 2017 -- Cleanup and Workday at the Museum Jerry Ellerman, Jerry Upton and John Preston removed plaster from the stairwell. Linda M. Hasselstrom, Roberta Phillip Upton and Monica Kelly organized supplies for our annual Christmas Carnival as well as our kitchen supplies for the many events which involve feeding people, usually for a free will donation. We covered display cases on the ground floor with old sheets to help minimize cleanup from the abundant dust that had been collecting in the walls since 1896 when this structure was built as a school for Hermosa area students. (Photos courtesy of HAHA member Linda M. Hasselstrom.)
2007 through 2011 -- New windows for the Museum
In 2009/2010 HAHA applied for and received an "Outside of Deadwood Grant" through the South Dakota State Historical Society and the City of Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, to help cover the removal, repair and/or replacement of sashes from 25 double hung windows, the restoration and repair of the original windows, and the installation of 25 custom built interior Larson Storm Windows. The work was started by volunteers well before the grant (see photos dated 2007), and was completed with the help of volunteer labor and grant money that helped cover materials and a professional (Remodel King) between 2009 and 2011 (approximately).