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The Fairfield Historical Society held their first meeting of 2020 on January 2 at the former Project Manager’s House (see photo above) on Central Avenue West, next to the Greenfields Irrigation District office.

It was the first meeting held in the former residence. The Historical Society is seeking a Special Use Permit from the Bureau of Reclamation.

Every seat was filled, as four new members attended. We are happy to have a total of five new members join us recently. Welcome to Carol and Kody Idland; Chris and Chuck Brown all of Fairfield, and Kerry Bouchard of Augusta.

The meeting opened with the treasurer’s report, delivered by secretary Diane Hausmann. Next, Darryl L. Flowers reported on the work recently completed by Central Lock and Safe of Great Falls. In December, Central came to Fairfield and re-installed the locking mechanism on the door of the walk-in fireproof vault in the old office building. Central also installed a new door lockset on the office building and re-keyed the lockset on the house.

Flowers also reported that Laurence Vincent had made temporary repairs on a broken window, until a replacement could be made in the spring. Vincent had also secured a back door on the house. He added that Vincent and Diane Hausmann had put in a lot of hours and had done a lot of work to get the house cleaned.

Diane Hausmann made a motion that The Fairfield Historical Society move the time of the regular monthly meeting from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The motion was seconded, and the motion was passed unanimously by a vote of the members present.

Flowers proposed that the society put together a collection from past Fairfield High School newsletters that have been donated to the society to create a book.

After the business was concluded, everyone enjoyed a tour of the house.

In addition to the news from the meeting, The Fairfield Historical Society is pleased to report that an office space in the Sun Times building has been donated to the society for their use. “This will offer our members and area supporters a convenient and visible location to stop by and learn more about the Society,” said Diane Hausmann, who will hold office hours every Tuesday and Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The Sun Times has also donated a computer and scanner, so that people with old, historic photos related to the history of Fairfield and the Sun River Project can drop off photos that can be scanned, with the originals returned. The photos must be related to area history. The Society can also scan negatives, up to 8” X 10”, If you have any questions, contact The Fairfield Historical Society by email, info[at]fairfieldhistorical.org.

The next meeting of the Society will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Manager’s house, next door to the Greenfields Irrigation District office on Thursday, February 6th.

The public is invited.