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Monday, 21 December 2015 11:20

SANTA ARRIVES EARLY AT BLOSS HOUSE IN ATWATER THANKS TO SOME HELP FROM ELKS?

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SANTA ARRIVES EARLY AT BLOSS HOUSE IN ATWATER THANKS TO SOME HELP FROM ELKS?
10171921_312742502211315_1832894357775874232_nATWATER, CA - Well, some help from Elks Lodge Members that is! The Atwater Historical Society celebrated another wonderful year in Atwater and capped it off thanks to the generosity of Merced Elks Lodge #1240 & The Castle Family Health Care Centers. They donated $1000 in toys EACH this year after they heard the Bloss Home had been robbed of some of the toys collected.
The society was formed in 1972 by citizens who were concerned that the Bloss Home would not be saved by the City of Atwater. The house was willed to the city by George Bloss, Jr. upon his death in 1963, and was officially given to the city upon the death of Christine Bloss in December of 1971. It was uncertain as to what would happen with the property. Fortunately due to the efforts of the founders of the society the home was spared from being sold or torn down.
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In the beginning, to utilize the building, two rooms in the home, the living room and sunroom, were used for offices. The Atwater Chamber of Commerce occupied these rooms for many years and they were followed by the City of Atwater Redevelopment Agency. In 1995 the agency moved to city hall and the entire house was then open for the historical society to use as a museum. The original focus of the society was to restore the house. It was decided to use the house as a home museum and fundraising went into high gear that year.
Restoration has been a long process but today there is a minimum left to do inside the home itself. To the society’s credit they are now in the process of taking on other projects and hope in the future to make sure that other landmarks are properly credited and preserved.
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To view their website please go to http://atwaterhistoricalsociety.com/
To see more great photos from this event visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Blosshouse/?fref=ts
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