MINEOLA - “Out of the past, into the future” was the theme of Saturday’s ground-breaking ceremony for the new Mineola Community Center and Historical Society.
The new structure will replace the nearly century-old community center on Main Street that was demolished after being heavily damaged by wind and hail last August.
“There were a lot of memories in the old community center building for a lot of people, but starting today we’ll be making our own new memories in this building for years to come,” Mineola Community Center and Historical Society President Lisa Tallman said Saturday. “I think this will be huge for our community.”
Construction of the facility is expected to carry a price tag of about $145,000. Tallman said the committee’s goal is to have the construction debt taken care of by the time the facility opens this fall. Donations are still being accepted at the Glenwood State Bank branch office in Mineola.
Clay Deitchler is overseeing construction of the community center.
“We’re going to have a lot of volunteer help,” Tallman noted.
Tallman said the facility will be large enough to accommodate around 200 people and will eventually include a mini museum that will feature some photos and momentos from Mineola’s historic past.
“This community has a lot of history, being built along the railroad line,” Tallman said. “Growing up here, you knew all of the families and many of them still live around here - the Plumers, the Deitchlers, the Schoenings, the Roenfeldts.”
Much like the building it’s replacing, the new Mineola Community Center and Historical Society will be a place to go for social gatherings.”
“We want to make it an affordable place,” Tallman said. “It will be a place for class reunions, family reunions, Christmas parties and other events like that.