Frisco likes its history |

Frisco likes its history

Elected officials in the town of Frisco are to be commended for asking how they can better support the Frisco Historical Society.

The talks are just beginning, but the town council is showing a willingness to improve upon the $28,000 it currently gives to the keeper of the Old Schoolhouse Museum and Frisco Historic Park at Second and Main.

That’s welcome news for history lovers who like what the Historical Society is doing to preserve and display town history, especially that of its pioneering, mining past.

The society does the job on a shoestring, despite the town’s support, and much energy is put into fundraisers.

Town manager Michael Penny said the town is looking for a proposal from the Historical Society about how it could put more money to work from the 2006 budget.

He said the thinking has veered away from making society director Rita Bartram a town employee and putting the town into the history business.

The town is on sound footing in trying to bolster the Historical Society and, consequently, the operation of the Frisco Historic Park. History is important for history’s sake, but since everything is about money, there’s no doubt that history sells.

The town already puts about a half million dollars into events and promotions that come and go. The Historic Park is an event for the town 365 days a year. When people wander off the interstate, invariably, many pull over to check out the park and take an interest in the town.

This story is still developing, and it appears nothing but good can come of it.

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