It's a great time to be a Friend of the Story Mansion! In May, 2014 the Bozeman City Commission turned down a third attempt in 10 years to sell the Mansion. Since it takes four out of five votes to sell city owned property, we are optimistic that public ownership of the Mansion will continue. This is encouraging. Many have worked long and hard to retain the Story for public use. As a result, it remains a popular destination for locals and tourists in Bozeman. And with collaboration on capital fundraising, the Story may be restored completely, thus further developing it as an economic asset while holding it as an historic treasure for future generations.
This summer, the City (through its Parks and Recreation Department) has been actively renting out the Mansion for various community events and private parties, and has done a fantastic job of maintaining the grounds. The Friends of the Story Mansion, feel great pride in our past community contributions, particularly the donation of over $50,000 to assist in 2013 with new landscaping, an irrigation system, adding insulation to the carriage house roof, and taking the lead for year-round maintenance of the grounds.
Friends are happy to announce that this fall we will assist the City Parks and Recreation Department in re-establishing several popular community events including the wildly spooky fun of Halloween at the Story, our own elegant Holiday Victorian Tea, and the ever-popular Story Under the Stars in 2015! The City also plans to program more youth and senior activities at the Mansion in the months to come.
The City will provide in-kind services to promote and host these wonderful events in 2014. Where your support is needed is to enable Friends of the Story Mansion to fulfill its commitment to this joint endeavor. Please consider a donation of money and time to Friends of the Story Mansion. Be a participant in continuing a venue of community events in this special place. Your contribution can send a strong signal to the City of Bozeman that its citizens support the Story Mansion as a treasured public venue.
Contributions should be sent to: Friends of the Story Mansion, P.O. Box 6271, Bozeman, MT 59771. Please donate today!
If you would like to volunteer to help the Friends of the Story Mansion for the upcoming Halloween at the Story or other events, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jane Klockman at (406) 223-8531, or Andy Epple (406) 580-3219.