Another successful “Soup to Go” was held Monday, raising $5,316 for the Stephenville Historical House Museum’s Oxford House Preservation Project.
“People are always really gracious to give an extra donation because $5,000 is a ticket sell-out,” said museum board member Dana Adams. “We had a few people who did not pick up their meals, that’s usually the case, but we served over 400 meals and we took the leftovers to the police station and two fire stations.”
Museum board members and volunteers worked hard Monday morning peeling and cutting potatoes to make homemade soup along with sides and dessert.
“My normal museum duty is heading up the collections and archive committee, but at Soup to Go I’m the ‘soup minder,’” said board member Cindy Shipman. “It is stressful getting 20 electric pots to produce soup on schedule, but we usually manage to have a good laugh as things come together. It was our smoothest running soup supper yet, despite missing several key folks.”
The proceeds will benefit the Oxford House, which was built in the late 1890s by Judge W.J. Oxford. Once the house is restored, the museum plans to feature exhibits and a gift shop inside.
“Money raised will be applied to ‘Phase IV: Hardscape’ and used to construct the grading, parking area, sidewalks, planting beds, utility connections and porch steps,” states a release from the museum. “Support for this ongoing project is greatly appreciated.”
Last year’s event raised $4,500, so close to $1,000 more was raised this year.
“It was a really good turnout even though a lot of people were sick,” Adams said. “We actually had less no-shows this year and I hope the soup helped those who are sick. It was a complete success.”