By Cindi Eberhardt, board member, October 6, 2017
Scottsdale’s Little Red School House Historical Museum has suffered a serious flood, damaging historic archives and memorabilia.
Now, museum supporters are seeking assistance to fund emergency repairs to the historic museum and to salvage portions of the collection that were damaged in the flood.
“We have very limited resources. We really need the community’s assistance to make the museum useable again and to rescue pieces of our collection that are frankly, not replaceable,” said Steve Randall, President of the Scottsdale Historical Society Board of Directors. “They are one-of-a-kind items.”
To donate, interested parties can visit ScottsdaleHistory.org and click on the “join us” link.
The museum is operated by the non-profit Scottsdale Historical Society, whose mission is to preserve and interpret the history and cultural heritage of both Scottsdale and the Southwest.
The flood occurred in late September and was caused by a broken water heater. Several inches of water covered the museum’s basement, where much of the archive collection is stored.
The museum board had tremendous expectations for the fall season. Prior to the flood, they were getting ready to unveil a new website, updated exhibits and host an anniversary event.
Those plans are on hold while board members assess the flood damage and work to repair the museum and salvage its collection.