Save the Cracker House

$5,061 of $60k goal

Raised by 82 people in 26 months
Did you know that the saltine cracker was invented in St. Joseph, Missouri? A baker by the name of Frank L. Sommer invented this cracker and began selling it in the mid-late 19th century. Within a few short years he was making over $400,000/year, on CRACKERS!

He later moved to New York and was instrumental in founding NABISCO. So next time you have saltines with your soup or chili, thank this guy. 

St. Joseph, Missouri has a rich architectural heritage and has many historic homes and museums to prove it. However,the home of this great inventor/baker has almost been lost. Suffering years of neglect his once grand home has been threatened with demolition. This non-profit was founded to save the home and repurpose it for the community. 

Our Mission:
To save the Frank L. Sommer home (affectionately known as the Cracker House to locals) from demolition and repurpose it to benefit the community.

Our Vision: for the home to be one of the first stops when touring St. Joseph. It will provide small exhibits on other attractions in the City and be a trolley depot for historical and themed trolley tours (famous persons, famous events, historical homes, etc. ) The building will also have a community space where citizens can come learn old home restoration techniques. We hope that by saving this home we can lead to other homes being saved in our incredibly old, historic City. 

Thank you for your support of our endeavor. 

The Cracker House Project is a 501(c)3 and is tax deductible. We hope that you will consider giving to our organization. 

Sincerely, 
The Cracker House Project

ps: You can learn more about our organization here:  https://www.facebook.com/CrackerHouseProject  and 
http://www.crackerhouseproject.org/

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Update 9
Posted by Michael Grimm
20 days ago
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Hello Supporters!
We are still soliciting bids to fix the south wall and finish tuck pointing the brick around the top of the home. Once we do that we can put the new trusses on. We would love to get this done in time for our May/June volunteer group, Adventures in Preservation. We appreciate all of your support. This year is critical. I really believe this year will make or break the project. Please continue to support us and vote for preservation with your wallets. Together we can succeed!
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Update 8
Posted by Michael Grimm
4 months ago
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Hello CHP supporters! We are happy to say that through your generosity we have raised $890 in the month of October! We are so grateful for your continued support. We fell short of our $2000 goal, so if you can find it in your hearts and wallets, please give, and ask your friends to give. We really need to get the roof off the old lady before winter snows come. If we can raise the additional $1110 needed to pay the contractor we can accomplish that! As an added incentive, the individual that donates the most in the next WEEK will get a Cracker House Project T-shirt, on us! Contest closes 11-9-16 at 11:59pm.
Make Preservation Sexy!
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Update 7
Posted by Michael Grimm
5 months ago
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Great news! The Cracker House Project is partnering with a non-profit organization.
AiP is an exciting young organization that envisions a world where people use, understand, and appreciate historic buildings that are vital to economic and environmental sustainability. AiP will bring volunteers in the spring to replicate and replace missing corbels, restore wood windows, repair and restore decorative wood trim, uncover and re-lay historic herringbone sidewalk and tuck-pointing on the masonry.
We still need your help to help save the Cracker House! You can donate, buy a t-shirt, or sign up with AIP for your own adventure in preservation!
Sleeping Beauty!
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Update 6
Posted by Michael Grimm
6 months ago
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Hello Cracker House Supporters!
We are excited to announce that we are going to start roof removal THIS SATURDAY!
We have a great group of historic preservationists coming in from Denver, CO to volunteer their time and talents for the project.
It's going to be quite the undertaking. We are renting an articulating lift that should be able to aerially maneuver over the whole roof, which is great because no one really wants to walk on it! We will be working out of that to pull shingles and sheeting off, exposing the beams. We will then be able to take a closer look at the beams and see what we've got to work with.
Volunteers will be working on scaffolding around the building taking down the trim, moulding and corbels, labeling them so that they can be preserved and put back up in the right spot! It is meticulous work, but it's a work of passion.
This endeavor is using up most of our available capital, but after this giant step the ball will really start rolling! Please help give us a boost. We are making progress at last, and it is so exciting! For those of you in St. Joseph, feel free to stop by Saturday and watch the progress!
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Gregory Jones
25 months ago

I'm so excited to see what you are all doing with the Cracker House. Its a very worthy cause and is integral to the community of Saint Joseph! Thank you all who have worked so hard to save this priceless piece of living history. A special thanks to Lisa Rock who lives and breathes Old House Restoration and works endlessly to promote the treasures of Saint Joseph, Missouri.

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26 months ago

Sarah Hochschwender you can check out facebook.com/TheCrackerHouseProject and also visit their website at crackerhouseproject.org

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Sarah Hochschwender
26 months ago

where can one get information on the new non-profit?

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$5,061 of $60k goal

Raised by 82 people in 26 months
Created January 13, 2015
JF
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Jill Fockler
20 days ago

Thank you for your dedication to St Joe's history!

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Dean Mausolf
2 months ago
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Sandra Gallus
2 months ago
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Stacy and Dustin Smith
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3 months ago
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4 months ago
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Gregory Jones
25 months ago

I'm so excited to see what you are all doing with the Cracker House. Its a very worthy cause and is integral to the community of Saint Joseph! Thank you all who have worked so hard to save this priceless piece of living history. A special thanks to Lisa Rock who lives and breathes Old House Restoration and works endlessly to promote the treasures of Saint Joseph, Missouri.

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26 months ago

Sarah Hochschwender you can check out facebook.com/TheCrackerHouseProject and also visit their website at crackerhouseproject.org

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Sarah Hochschwender
26 months ago

where can one get information on the new non-profit?

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