Page 6 - River City News July 2021
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  Once called “The Old Church,” our building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is an important piece of Post Falls history. The JACC has been a community gathering place for over 100 years!
The JACC’s journey began as two separate churches located in Post Falls. The First Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1890 at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Post Street, and The Presbyterian Church, built in 1899 at the corner of Second Avenue and Henry Street. After World War I, Post Falls had more churches than the town could support. The residents of the area were encouraged to combine these two churches to form one congregation.
Drawn by horses, the two church buildings were moved and joined at their present location in 1921 at the corner of Fourth Avenue and William Street. After 70 years, the congregation decided to build a new church and our building sat abandoned for many years. It was scheduled for demolition when Mr. Rodkey, the man in charge of the operation, determined the building was sound.
Community Building Partners, Inc., was formed in 1998 and dedicated itself to the restoration and maintenance of this historic building. After a 1.5 million dollar campaign to restore and renovate the building, the doors were reopened in 2005. “The Old Church” was then renamed the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center to honor the leaders of the restoration project, Susan and Duane Jacklin. As the area’s only Arts & Cultural Center, the JACC continues to be a gathering place with a mission to “Ignite and Inspire Passion for the Arts”.
We host art exhibits, concerts, weddings and a wealth of different community activities. This includes classes in painting, ceramics, children’s art and theatre, cooking and wine tasting. We’re pleased to announce our exciting upcoming event to celebrate the JACC’s centennial. On July 10th, as part of Post Falls Days, we are celebrating our 100th Anniversary with an open house party. There will be free art activities and cake, a beer garden, pulled pork sandwiches, art exhibits and more! We welcome anyone from the community to celebrate the rich history here at the old church building, and look forward to making new memories with you all.
If you’re inspired by our story and would like to get involved with the Jacklin Center, we have a great group of volunteers and are always looking for more.Volunteers represent the JACC, serve refreshments at events and give tours of our beautiful building. There’s plenty of tasks to be done in a building this old! We also have sponsorship opportunities for our “Art from the Heart” outreach where we bring the arts to those in need. This includes assisted living centers, Meals on Wheels recipients, cancer treatment centers and more.
If you’d like to learn more about our programming or are interested in supporting what we do, contact our director Darla Dreyer at (208) 457-8950 or visit us on the web;
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