Business group gets preview of new barn
The Quincy Valley business community was treated to an early look inside the Community Heritage Barn for Business After Hours last week, and the barn proved to be a popular attraction.
At one point in the evening, all but one of the parking spaces were taken at the Heritage Park.
During the Nov. 15 get-together for members and guests of the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce, Ed Field, president of the Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum, began an informal program, featuring slides and information for the crowd. Field said that the Pioneer Church and Reiman-Simmons House are beautiful, but the barn “is going to be something special.”
It has been a long, arduous process to get the building up, and many people and businesses have donated for it and helped bring it about. Still, fundraising continues: Field said the barn is about $50,000 short at this point.
Taking a turn at the microphone, Harriet Weber, who serves as the director of operations of the historical society, presented an award to Dave Lemon. Weber said Lemon had helped with grant applications but the award was for his overall, longtime support for the historical society.
Formerly with CliftonLarsonAllen in Quincy, Lemon has moved to Yakima. Weber said Lemon would have been presented the 2017 Heritage Award earlier, at the group’s annual meeting, but he wasn’t present. The award inscription reads, “In recognition of his tireless work to preserve the history of the Quincy Valley.”
With Lemon at Business After Hours was his wife, Allyson Lemon, who was on the chamber board for 10 years, he said.
Dave Lemon said he retired in December 2017 after 36 years as a CPA at CliftonLarsonAllen.
“Even though we moved to Yakima, Quincy is still in our hearts … it’s still home,” he said.
He started with the historical society in 2002, in his recollection. He helped it get nonprofit status and was involved in getting grants and raising funds, but he credited Weber for the development of the Heritage Park.
“None of this would’ve happened without Harriet,” he said.
He also made a point of the countless hours of volunteer work and in-kind contributions given for the Heritage Park projects over the years.
A grand opening for the barn is forecast for spring. There will be more inside it then. Weber explained that the exhibit will be installed during winter.
It is also hoped that one of the augmented-reality apps being worked on will be ready by then – a high-tech interactive feature for visitors. Helping bring technology inside the barn is support from Microsoft’s TechSpark program in the form of a $15,000 donation, Weber said – all part of a goal of attracting and educating people, especially young visitors, about the history of Quincy Valley.
By Dave Burgess, email@example.com