Waterville Preservation Society
Current focus: Waterville Opera House Accessibility & Technology Renovation


Great News! (2-9-13)...The Preservation Society received a grant to do improvements to the windows and guttering from the Kansas State Historical Society!  That leaves us just needing to raise the money for the elevator and indoor bathrooms.

The Waterville Historic Preservation Society is focused on the city-owned historic 1903 Opera House.  

We want to improve its accessibility for all age groups and upgrade the technology to expand its uses.  

Events hosted by Wellness Weavers will allow people to use HealthBucksTM  credits earned during Wellness Weavers Community Service-Learning projects to attend events and classes.  Meanwhile, we work in joint volunteerism with homeless people that are sincere in wanting to improve their health and wellness while serving the community by cleaning up lots and other historic buildings around town.  

When we have adequate qualified members to provide child and eldercare during events then additional buildings can be opened simultaneously during events. The Kansas Street Settlement House has educational resources, play and exercise modalities as does the Flower Shop House in the Bank District.  We are willing to work with the city and the Friends of the Library to be able to have The Public Library open during Opera House events so those more interested in that have a place to relax and research.  The KSSH has Internet and print and media sources available to it's members and guests for health and wellness research and learning. Local and global social justice, the sciences and the arts are represented in our collection and we can accommodate multiple activities and noise levels between diverse use spaces.

Historical factoid: the first libraries in Waterville's history were at the drug store and in the basement of the Opera House. 

The Opera House auditorium seats 350 pioneer-sized and modern slightly obese people in the original seats.  The front steps offer a great way to improve leg strength and balance.  The stage continues to feature a variety of homegrown artists and visiting professional artists for concerts, plays, radio plays, improv, Open Mic nights.    Once the technology renovations are done, we will be able to host continuing education workshops, webinars, and TED Talks.  

The way the healthcare system has been for our lifetime, health care professionals are encouraged to come make their personal wellness retreat a part of their continuing education and realigning their practice with their soul's purpose and the wholistic modalities that are now available and shown to be effective.  Wellness Weavers are advocates of best practices for resiliency, mental health, and recovery from Substance Use Disorders.  In solidarity with families that have struggled with those issues, we offer  events and spaces and menus free from the temptation of alcohol, illicit drugs, and tobacco.

We are a great location for exploring and researching in historic Marshall County along the many Native American, Pioneer trails, and the converted rail to trail that connects us to Nebraska.  You can attend events sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative, visit museums, thrift and antique stores, and ride the Central Branch Historic Rails.  Family and friends will enjoy setting up a home base stay in the Weaver Hotel, the Vintage Charm B & B, and other area B & Bs.  

Artists and therapist members of Wellness Weavers have priority for short stays... free in our homes-event centers if they are serving by providing classes or events in Waterville, Blue Rapids, Barnes, or Washington within the Wellness Oriented MAN...Mutual Aid Network.  If interested in exploring membership at the artist-therapist level, click here.

The Waterville Preservation Society is a 501(c)3 organization.  Your donations are tax deductible.  After you complete your donation transaction via the secure PayPal link, please print off the final page for your tax records. 

Thank you for being a team member in this way as we improve quality of life for visitors and residents with an environment and activities that nurture spirit-mind-body.  

Eventually when the Wellness Weavers App is completed and other communities that use Time Banking and other social currencies come visit and work and play with us then even Kansas will begin to see how all things are possible.


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