A newly elected board of directors, including a brand new president, will be sworn in at the annual dinner meeting of the Riverbank Historical Society on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the local Perko’s Restaurant.
The event will feature dinner ordered off the menu during the get together, followed by the ceremony. It’s scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Patterson Road restaurant. Society members and the public are invited to attend.
The event will be a good opportunity for members to pay their dues for the 2018 season. Membership is $25 per person, or $10 for those who commit to helping staff the museum during open hours.
The society is a 501c3 non-profit organization which operates the Riverbank Historical Museum, 3237 Santa Fe St., just behind City Hall North. The historical Carnegie Library, built in 1922, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings since it was dedicated 21 years ago.
The group is committed to preserving the history of the Riverbank area, with collections of documents, photos and objects donated by residents and former residents.
The facility is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. It is staffed by unpaid volunteers.
In addition, the group has mounted a fundraising campaign in order to build an annex on the lot adjacent to the current museum. It will house the many exhibits and artifacts owned by the society.
They range from a 1919 Model T Fire Engine, River Red, which was acquired by the local volunteer fire department, to a pedal operated organ, to a safe from the office of the original Riverbank Water Company, to an oak bench from the waiting room in the Santa Fe Railroad’s depot. It’s the only thing that was salvaged from the fire which consumed the building in 2003.