Buying Books to Rebuild History

The Ballwin Historical Commission is slated to host its last day of a used book and bake sale Saturday.

Reading has always been tied with the preservation of history, but rarely as literally as it is with the books purchased this weekend from the Ballwin Historical Commission.

The commission is scheduled to host the last day of its book-and-bake sale on Saturday, when residents can enjoy various sweets and inexpensive reads knowing that their purchase will help rebuild Ballwin's original schoolhouse.

The schoolhouse, which was located on Elm Street, now sits just east of . The city paid $15,000 in 2007 to help pay for earlier rennovations, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, but additional funds have been sought since. City Administrator Bob Kuntz said at that time that those funds were earmarked from the city's parks sales tax, and therefore had to be spent on projects under that department.

The sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at .

Saturday's sale is not the first effort meant to curb the cost of restoring the 1-room schoolhouse: , among other supporters, has previously donated part of their proceeds toward preserving the school.


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