Below is a release from the Mary Ingalls Society in Vinton.
The IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society hosted a record 10 bus tours this summer and fall. We also welcomed 120 Vinton-Shellsburg 6th grade students in May as well as many other groups and individuals. The total is just shy of 900 people. There are already tours pending for this coming summer.
Recent news of the possible sale of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School to the city of Vinton or some other entity has caused many of us to come to the realization this School which has been part of the community fabric for 154 years could cease to exist. It has also made the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society more keenly aware of the need to continue the work of preservation and cataloguing artifacts. Many hours and several hundred dollars of archival storage and preservation materials have already been invested, but much more remains to be done. Grant money has been secured to assist in these efforts, but they only partially cover what is needed. The IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society’s membership and donations from concerned citizens provide the main source of funds and manpower needed to complete this task.
The Society is currently seeking new and renewed memberships (at $20.00 per year) as well as donations to continue our work. Checks can be made payable to VCF/IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society and mailed to Box 326, Vinton, Iowa 52349.
If you have not recently been or have never been to the school for a visit, this would seem to be the perfect time to do so. The school is much more than a lovely campus with well maintained grounds that you drive by without really thinking about. It is an integral part of our history as a community. Come and let us show you around. You can arrange a time by calling 472-5200 and speaking with either Pat Barr or Yvette Baker.
Thank you for considering joining the efforts of the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society.