Get ready to party outside at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. The Maui Historical Society has recently accepted a $7,000 improvement grant from Maui Electric Company to complete an outdoor lighting project. This is a continuation of electrical improvements for the aging and historical building that began in 2008.
In February, the Maui Historical Society also received a $7,000 grant from the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation for repairs to the historic house and museum. Proposed repairs include replacing water and termite damaged woodwork, reglazing and repainting windows and replacing broken glass window panes, filling gauges and painting the interior hard wood floors.
The Bailey House was built in 1833 and was part of the Wailuku Female Seminary, a school for Hawaiian girls. Later it served as the Bailey family home. The Bailey House opened as a museum in 1957. The 0.7 acre historic site was placed on the National and Hawaii Registers of Historic Places in 1972.
The new outdoor lighting project will improve safety and allow the Maui Historical Society to hold evening functions like concerts and fundraising events. It will also make the Bailey House grounds available in the evening for wedding receptions and parties.
Upcoming Bailey House events include a reading by local playwright Wayne Moniz on Mar. 31, 2012 at 4pm, in addition to their ongoing exhibits. Moniz will read from his new book, Beyond the Reef: Stories of Maui in the World. The program will also include music by Maui-born and Hoku Award-winning artists Kevin Brown and Sheldon Brown.
For more information, call Bailey House Museum at 244-3326, fax 244-3920 or e-mail at [email protected].