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Historical society sustaining the future

Silent auction set for Sunday

Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 4:07 a.m. CST
Victoria Lockhart

FULTON – The Fulton Historical Society prides itself on sustaining its own financial responsibilities, but as with everything, sometimes there just isn’t enough money.

To offset some of the society’s yearly expenses, the group will hold a silent auction at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Martin House Museum, a Civil War-era home at 707 10th Ave.

“We typically don’t have fundraisers, so this is something new for us,” society member Victoria Lockhart said.

The event was created to generate revenue for the museum and to invite the community to explore becoming a historical society member. Money raised will be used to fund museum programs, buy new items and maintain the property.

“We do fundraisers to provide programs and to buy things for the house,” said Barb Mask, the museum’s director. “These historical items can sometimes cost a lot of money, but they are so valuable to the museum.”

This will be the historical society’s first auction, and Lockhart and her partner Susan Wilson have generated more than $2,000 worth of merchandise.

“Everybody was so eager to help,” Lockhart said. “We were hardly ever turned down.”

On the block are an overnight stay at Wild Rose Casino and Resort and a $25 gift card to Coaches; 14-karat gold diamond and tanzanite earrings; and a DeWalt tote and power tool case. One of the most interesting items up for sale is dinner for eight, served by Mask at her historical Victorian home.

There will be an auction preview from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday; light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, giving people another opportunity to check out all the items up for sale.

Go to www.cityoffulton.us or call Mask at 815-589-3809 for more information.

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