$500 pledged of $12,000 goal
backers

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

$500 pledged of $12,000 goal
backers

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

About

The Spirit Lake Historical Society has signed a Letter of Intent with the owner of the Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Hwy 41 in Spirit Lake to purchase and restore the building to its former glory. Currently we need to put up a down payment to get a lease to buy option. The down payment is a minimum of $10,000 plus closing costs. Without this down payment, the church goes onto the open market and may be lost forever. 

It is the Historical Society’s intent to turn the building into an events and cultural center so that Spirit Lake can continue to benefit from its rich history and beautiful architecture well into its future. Our goals are: To share our region’s rich history, by restoring and preserving this historic building; Through events, exhibits, programs, and concerts, we will enrich cultural life, promote thoughtful discussion and introduce connections to our region; To maintain a cultural center for the community which promotes the arts and to encourage people to include the arts in their lives; We will encourage community connections by welcoming our residents to come together here for Weddings, Receptions, Holidays, Recitals, Plays, Reunions, Ceremonies, Meetings, etc…  

The Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was built in 1911 and was used by the Catholic congregation of Spirit Lake until the late 1960s when they built their current church across town. Various people have bought the building over the years and tried to restore it only to sell it when it became clear the project was more expensive and time consuming than one person could afford; regardless of the vision and direction of their hearts. This includes the current owner who is loath to see one of Spirit Lake’s founding structures demolished and the loss of yet another piece of the local history. It is with this deep appreciation for Spirit Lake’s heritage that he has entered into this agreement. This means the Spirit Lake Historical Society needs to raise the funds necessary to purchase the building, and complete the renovations. As a non-profit endeavor, they are dependent upon donations, grants, and fundraising efforts. Every donation counts and is appreciated. Are you interested in assisting the Spirit Lake Historical Society in preserving and restoring one of the oldest and most recognizable pieces of architecture within our beautiful city? Then please donate today and become a part of saving our history. 

Please visit our website spiritlakehistory.org 

Facebook Page: Spirit Lake Events and Cultural Center or for more information call 208-818-7193

Risks and challenges

The main challenge is to secure funding for this project. It is our hope to secure a lease-to-buy option with this kickstarter, which will allow us the time necessary to find sponsorships to help offset the cost of purchasing and renovating this piece of Spirit Lake history. We have a diverse volunteer base who has agreed to donate time and expertise in the actual renovations, which will save considerable resources.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Picture Postcard

    A picture postcard with a picture of the church and a thank you for your support of SOS (Save Our Slice of History)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Bumper sticker

    SOS (Save Our Slice of History) supporter

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (100 left of 100) 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Tshirt

    SOS (Save Our Slice of History)Supporter

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (100 left of 100) 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Etched Glass

    Glass etched with SOS logo

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (100 left of 100) 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Donor Plaque

    Donor's name on plaque to be displayed in the event center

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Small brick

    A small brick engraved with the donor's name to be part of the permanent walkway.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Large Brick

    A large brick engraved with the donor's name to be part of the permanent walkway.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.