Save the Ralston Opera House, NRHP

$675 of $25k goal

Raised by 14 people in 2 months
Don Taylor
on behalf of Donald Taylor
 RALSTON, OK
Can a dying town be brought back from the brink?  Ralston Oklahoma is a very small town that is going to attempt just that, but we need your help.   We are hoping to purchase the neglected Ralston Opera House, built in 1900, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, #87001257.  The building is in danger of being demolished for its stone.  We have been in contact with the current owners and can purchase the property if we can raise the money.  We will be partnering with Forgotten Oklahoma (FB Forgotten Oklahoma Group) in an effort to save the structure and provide volunteer manpower for the needed work.

Our long term goal is to restore the small towns historic buildings, dating to the early 1900's, a recreate a window back in time where people could visit and see what life was like 100 plus years ago.

The Opera House would be the center piece of this dream in cobmination with the historic First National Bank building, built in 1902, already acquired by the town.  The funds would be used to purchase the building and stabalize it as immediate roof and window repairs are needed to prevent further damage.   The building was partially restored in the late 1980's so the buildings "bones" are good.  We would love to purchase the building ourselves but our little town of 350 people simply doesn't have the funds, so we're asking for help.




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Update 3
Posted by Don Taylor
1 month ago
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Our 501c3 is now official as the Ralston Foundation. We are close to acquiring the initial property via donation from the owners, so all funds raised will go towards repair and restoration. Funds are important but volunteers are even more so. If you would be interested in volunteering please contact us via this page.
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Update 2
Posted by Don Taylor
1 month ago
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We have created a 501C non profit called the Ralston Foundation to manage the properties and repairs.
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Update 1
Posted by Don Taylor
1 month ago
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Appears I missed a step and didn't verify the account. That is corrected now. Sorry about that, first time using Gofundme!
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$675 of $25k goal

Raised by 14 people in 2 months
Created February 1, 2017
Don Taylor  
on behalf of Donald Taylor
$100
Anonymous
17 days ago
$150
Donald Taylor
1 month ago
$10
Anonymous
2 months ago
$20
Anonymous
2 months ago
LS
$25
Laura Spriggs
2 months ago
1
1
$25
Jonathan Pedersen
2 months ago
1
1

I believe in preserving our past for future generations- as an actor who has trod the stages of several old theatres, these places are wonderful homes to entertainment and community...my best wishes to you and Bravo!

$10
Anonymous
2 months ago
RR
$50
Robyn Roach
2 months ago
1
1

This is my Home & Was a wonderful place to raise my girls , Desarae Clark & Danielle ( Chicky ) Oberly , I wiil do anything I can to help !!

AM
$25
A Scott McIntosh
2 months ago
2
2

Hello, I don't have a lot of money but here's what I can spare right now. I'm a carpenter and handyman too and I would like to come help out that way when the time comes.

WR
$50
Wah-Leeta Rogers
2 months ago
1
1

Makes me teary to see these buildings - my Dad, Lester Martin, had a grocery store next door West of the Harry Hardware store, welding shop to the West by the railroad tracks also. Hope this helps, would like to see some restoration, just takes a lot of money to do anything!

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