The Multicultural Council is all about education and sharing with the community knowledge about cultures, from traditions, to song, to practices, to history. They tell the story behind exhibits at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum from a cultural perspective. In order to do this, they are having a rummage sale to help fund their efforts. Please see the event flyer below and mark you calendars.
We, the docents at Heritage House, and lovers of the House, are excited to see one of our long-time wished-for projects moving forward. For years and years we have wanted to reupholster the parlor furniture. This furniture is purported to have belonged to Mrs. Bettner–at least that is what we have been told by the second owner of the house who bought the furniture when she bought the house. We have a plan and a budget and have identified the fabric to be used.
Now we need financial help from all those who have visited the House and think she deserves to be kept at her best. We have started a fund raising page at Razoo https://www.razoo.com/story/W6cbcf
where anyone can donate an amount towards this project. Please visit this page and give something towards helping us keep Heritage House at her best.
When you have a passion, you will even face things with which you are not comfortable—like fundraising. For the volunteers at Heritage House, the House is our passion. Inside the House are special items that are important to the story the House tells. One of those is the parlor suite of furniture which sits in the white parlor. The furniture was part of the House back in the late 1800s.
Like all good furniture of the Victorian period that one found in upper society homes, it was upholstered in silk. Silk, by its nature, deteriorates over time and that has been the case with this suite. It has long been the desire of those devoted to Heritage House to have it reupholstered, but we had to get Museum concurrence and then determine the process and the cost so that we could proceed. We are now ready to proceed with raising the funds for this important project. High quality, period appropriate silk or silk blend fabric is expensive, and for this project will run in the $300 per yard range.
To redo all five pieces of furniture, we need to raise $18,000 to cover the material and labor. The stated goal is to have the furniture redone by September when the House reopens. However, due to the cost we cannot move forward until we have at least 75% of the funds as the fabric alone runs about $12,000 to cover the four chairs and the sofa. We have already had some commitments to this project, but we need much more.
If you share in our passion, please make a donation to Heritage House/RMA. The donation can be mailed to Robin Whittington, Heritage House Operations Co-chair, c/o the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501. If you have any questions or would like to know more about this project please give me a call at 951-780-2003 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm