American Legion, Post 95 – $5,000
The Community Foundation of Teton Valley is honored to award a $5,000 grant to the American Legion, Post 95, to repair and upgrade the electrical and heating systems of its historic building. The Community Foundation strongly supports preserving and restoring this important piece of Teton Valley community history.
The American Legion building at the corner of Wallace and Main in Driggs is a historic building. Built in 1940 by the Works Project Administration (WPA), it is one of only two such buildings in Teton Valley. During World War II, the building was used as an arsenal where weapons, jeeps, and small trucks were stored.
After the war, the building was converted into offices, small meeting rooms, and a large hall. For the next 50 years, the building saw innumerable uses: community suppers, dances, class reunions, Boy Scout meetings, City Council meetings, lunches for seniors, and more. Currently, it serves as a meeting place for veterans, Alcoholics Anonymous, Our Redeemer Church, and a home for Subs for Santa and is available for rent for other community activities.
Sadly, this historic building has fallen into disrepair. A 2022 grant from the Community Foundation helped replace the leaking roof and repair the damaged facade. However, the electrical and heating systems of this historic building are badly outdated, limiting its use for community events. The Driggs American Legion Post does not have the funds for the immediate need to repair and upgrade these systems. Making these needed repairs will preserve an essential piece of community history. It will serve as a prominent visual reminder that the people of Teton Valley honor their veterans and are grateful for their service to our country.
The grant funds will be used to replace the building’s wiring, upgrade electrical panels, and install modern electric heaters. Its newly renovated exterior will help make the American Legion building an attractive venue for community activities such as wedding receptions and family reunions. And rental income from these events will help support the Post’s community programs, including Boys State and Girls State scholarships for local students. The result will be a renovated building of which our veterans can be proud – a building with safe and reliable electricity and heat, which once again can be used for various community activities. In addition to the Community Foundation grant, a large group of individuals will donate their services in support of the construction and fundraising campaign for the project.
The Community Foundation commends the important work of the American Legion, Post 95, in repairing the American Legion building in Driggs to preserve our community’s history, honor our veterans, and provide services for the community and office space for organizations.