Post office project helpers get stamp of approval

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2005

Restoration of Soldotna's first post office, 1945-51, is now complete after a busy summer of work. Our first post office was in the homestead cabin of Howard and Maxine Lee at the bus loading area at Soldotna Elementary School.

The project was made possible by a Rasmuson Foundation grant in the amount of $22,800. But in order to qualify for that amount and the total construction budget, members of the community came to our aid and generously opened their wallets and hearts to us.

I would like to thank our board members for personal contributions and donations from the Soldotna Rotary Club, Blazy Construction, Soldotna VFW, George and Mary Ford, Sherman Signs, an anonymous donor and a city of Soldotna mini grant.

We are indebted to Bob Holt of Holt Construction for his generous bid and the donations he made beyond his contract. Those subcontractors to the Holt Construction bid who partially donated their services were Hanson Roofing, Viking Construction, Tri City's Construction and Ike Morgan Painting. Thanks also to Sam Combs, historic architect, for being available for technical advice. We appreciate all the donations and the Rasmuson Foundation for deeming our project worthy of their financial aid in preserving local history.

It is our intent to save Soldotna's history through this restoration and maintaining other buildings and collections at our homestead village on Centennial Park Road. The old post office will be furnished this winter and open for visitation next summer. Please come and visit us to learn about the history of Soldotna.

Barbara Jewell, Chair, Old Post Office Restoration Project, Soldotna Historical Society

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