RIVERBANK — Roofers this week will finish a project aimed at protecting many of the citys treasures.
The Riverbank Historical Museum is getting the roof thanks to $4,000 from the city general fund and an equal amount from donations to the Riverbank Historical Society.
The project will keep rain water from seeping into the 91-year-old building and damaging photographs and other artifacts from businesses, schools, churches and other parts of Riverbanks past.
This building is the keeper of the history and the memories of the city of Riverbank, society president Paulette Roberson told the City Council earlier this year. ...If this roof fails us, we could lose these valuable and irreplaceable memories.
The council voted to spend $12,000 on new roofs for the museum, on Santa Fe Street near Third Street, and the nearby City Hall North. American Family Roofing of Riverbank is doing the work.
The museum has operated since 1979 in a building erected in 1922 to house one of the many libraries funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, said Ric McGinnis, another leader in the historical society. This group formed in 1997, the same year the building was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Workers had to pry off three layers of old roofing before they could install the new roof, McGinnis said.
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