The Villisca Historical Society, Inc. is Officially Formed
October 2, 2006
The Villisca Historical Society, Inc. has
received word from the Internal Revenue service of approval for 501c.3. nonprofit status.
Villisca Historical Society, Inc. is now a fully recognized public charity. Contributions
received are fully tax- deductible. We can apply for public grant monies as a
recognized public entity. We can legitimately receive important documents and
artifacts that represent Villiscas unique history. A full-fledged campaign
drive for new memberships is currently underway.
The first annual meeting will be held in
January, time and place to be announced. The Incorporation has been complete for
over a year now. Thanks to the many who responded to our plea for start-up
memberships so that we could complete the elaborate process of applying for the 501C3
status We may now proceed to seek acquisitions and a building for housing our
displays and carrying out programs. Many have toured the wonderful Montgomery County
Historical Society building with its displays. Villisca can have a similar facility; that
is our dream. Currently displays may be seen at City Hall and the Meeting Room downstairs
in the Public Library.
Our mission statement says: The Villisca
Historical Society, Inc. shall collect, preserve, interpret and display artifacts,
photographs and documents to shed light on the natural, civil and political history of the
city of Villisca, Iowa. It will
develop programs and services to promote public awareness, scholarly research and
appreciation of Villiscas unique history. This society will foster excellence in
leadership and historical inquiry, believing that an understanding of the past illuminates
the present and gives vision for the future.
Introductory annual memberships are $10 for
individuals, $25 for families. .Any person who donates money or artifacts to this endeavor
will receive a quarterly newsletter. For more information contact Mary Hansen, 113
West 5th Street, Villisca 50864 or telephone 712.826.4270 (voicemail) or e.mail