GWIL2015 Nonprofit Profile: Friends of the Pound House Reply

Week of Online Giving 2015 April 19-26

Week of Online Giving 2015
April 19-26

The 2014 Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign provides support and publicity for local non-profit charitable organizations competing for GWIL matching funds during the campaign’s Week of Online Giving, April 20-25th.

Around Dripping Springs is pleased to feature this series of GWIL non-profit profiles to help publicize their unique missions to the community. We invite you to get to know these wonderful organizers and learn more about the important work they are each doing to enrich our community. Please share their stories, and be sure to donate to your favorite during the Week of Online Giving! Learn more at:http://www.GivinWhereImLivin.org

NOW MEET THE FRIENDS OF THE POUND HOUSE FOUNDATION:

 WHEN, HOW, AND WHY WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION FOUNDED?Print

The Friends of the Pound House Foundation is operated by a board of 14 volunteers established in 1990 to preserve and restore the historic Pound home and other buildings on the farmstead and to serve as an educational resource for current and future generations.

IMG_3965WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY MISSION? 

Our mission is to protect, preserve and develop the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead Museum for the use, education, enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations. Our intent is to serve the entire populace of Hays County and surrounding areas.

The population served within the community includes school children with tours of all second graders conducted annually and adults of all ages.IMG_3958

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR EFFORTS? 

The “light that goes on” in children’s eyes when they experience the lives of one of Dripping Springs’ first families by being inside the actual log cabin built in 1854, and seeing the toys, medical instruments, kitchen stove, beds and other personal heirlooms on display that Dr. and Mrs. Pound and the children really used.

IMG_4013WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS IN 2015?

Our goal in 2015 include the education of children and others in the community regarding pioneer life in Central Texas. We seek to: Preserve the farmstead and the collection of artifacts; stabilize the temperature, humidity and light inside the homestead; clean, inventory and transfer textiles to appropriate archival storage; expand the plantings on the grounds; and replace deteriorating boards and storage unit.IMG_4045

HOW CAN FOLKS DONATE OR VOLUNTEER YEAR-ROUND?

If you like gardening, Texas history, or giving back to our community, please contact Andrea Larsen, Executive Director, at 512-858-2030.  You may also email Andrea at poundhouse@verizon.net.  Our website address is drpoundhistoricalfarmstead.org.

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