A fundraising, open house will be held today (Friday) in Atlantic, for the American Legion Memorial Building, located at 201 Poplar Street. The former Armory is owned by ARISE (The Atlantic Rock Island Society Enterprise), which also owns the Rock Island Depot on Chestnut Street, that’s occupied by the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. The Legion Building Open House takes place from Noon until 6-pm today, and features a tour of the building along with some refreshments.
The building, which is being restored in phases, has already seen a number of recent improvements, including new bathrooms and air conditioning, a Military Museum and Military Library. A future, complete restoration of the area adjacent to the Military Museum and Library will a Memorial Hall, restrooms, and a kitchen to help with private events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties and more. The improvements, which tally close to $200,000, have been made possible through grants, donations and other fundraising events.
American Legion Memorial Bldg. in Atlantic, IA.
During today’s tour, you can shop a fundraiser flea market, for your free-will donation. Some items up for sale include: Kitchen appliances; Books; Office chairs; cabinets and furniture; toys; large Christmas trees and décor; a JennAire downdraft range, and much more. All funds raised will be used for restoration of the American Legion Memorial Building.
For more information, look for the Atlantic Rock Island Society Enterprise on Facebook, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a separate, private tour, or learn more about the Atlantic American Legion Memorial Building by contacting Steve Livengood at 712-243-5445, Bob Boots at 712-243-2694, or the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017.