A $4,550 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and PEC will help the Falls on the Colorado Museum rebuild a historic rock wall that was recently demolished during construction at a nearby elementary school.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $3,269 in matching funds, will help reconstruct the 80-year-old granite rubble rock wall by the Old Granite School building, which houses the museum.
“Our mission is to preserve our history, to further our heritage, to protect artifacts, and to provide an ongoing history of Marble Falls and the surrounding communities,” said Darlene Oostermeyer, museum board chair. “Saving this wall is saving a piece of history and another way we can fulfill our mission.”
The wall was constructed by former Marble Falls ISD Superintendent Don Cude and several unemployed rock masons during the Great Depression.
Oostermeyer said the wall is part of the ambience of the Old Granite School building and has provided additional seating during the museum’s outdoor events, including Founders Day celebrations, Veterans Day programs, and children’s programs.
“We are so thankful for this grant that allows the museum to have another rock mason, a former MFISD student, rebuild the wall,” Oostermeyer said.
The community grant is one of 27 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders, and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water, and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. PEC is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.