By Steve Peterson
The Save Hawarden’s Old City Hall effort will be offering an online auction in October as a main fundraiser for the campaign to reopen the 1918 built structure.
“We haven’t decided on the exact dates yet. It will depend on the items that come in. We will have an open house at the Old City Hall in mid to late September so people can see the items,” said Jaimie Strong of the Save Old City Hall Committee.
“We have been gathering items such as Kansas City Chiefs’ football tickets; Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins baseball tickets; a golf package in Arizona and a 1927 Model T antique tractor. Several businesses are contributing,” said Strong.
Beyers Auction Service will coordinate the online auction.
“Several organizations have gone to this method of fundraising and it has proved to be quite successful,” said Save Old City Hall Committee Member and Councilor Tim Kurth at a recent councilors’ meeting.
Strong said there will be efforts to clean-up the building; make the bathrooms more accessible; and have better heating, cooling and lighting. Exactly how many days per week the Old City Hall would be staffed or rented for functions has yet to be determined. Work will be done in phases.
“The grants we’re applying for not only want matching funds but also in-kind labor. We have several people who have volunteered but can always take more,” said Strong. “We’d like to remodel the upstairs, get the bathrooms improved, have an elevator, a stage for movies and all kinds of events.”
With the online auction interest and bidders can be attracted from anywhere.
Strong may be reached at 712- 550-1213 if people wish to have an item be placed in the auction. Or contact Dan or Jan Cain and Kurth at 551-4128.
Strong, who is president of Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society (BSRVHC) said the group has purchased its Laminator from funds through Hawarden Community Foundation.
Calliope Village, the collection of 19th Century buildings when the part of Hawarden was the Sioux County seat, continues to be open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sundays. On Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2 it will be open during Big Sioux River Days. Planned hours for the Calliope Village will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Little Miss Big Sioux River Days Pageant will be at Calliope Village at 1 p.m. Sept. 1 and the Old Time Fiddlers will perform afterward. On Monday Dixie Daddies will perform. The Hawarden Historical House, located at Avenue H and 8th Street, will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to noon Monday.
“We’ve added the Zoomobile from the Great Plains Zoo of Sioux Falls for the first time from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday at Calliope Village,” said Strong.
“We’ve had pretty good attendance this summer. One of our recent tour groups was the Ruth Suckow Association who saw the Suckow homestead and Calliope,” said Strong as he had a recent Sunday tour of duty.
The other buildings at Calliope Village are W.E. Rowe Building; Jesse Akin Homestead; a log cabin; Carlson House; W.C. Walton Merchant; Stagecoach Depot; a barn; Sioux County Jail replica; Calliope Bank Building; Calliope Community Church; a barber shop; Scott School; and Veterans Memorial Hall. A thresher machine is on display.