In July 1982, HHS (formerly known as the Hercules Area Restoration and Preservation Committee, Inc.) was formed by former City council-members Lynn Fissell (formerly Judnich) and John Cadigan. Incorporated in the State of California on September 19, 1985, the Franchise Tax Board issued tax-exempt status under Section 23701d Revenue and Taxation Code on September 12, 1986. The Internal Revenue Service issued tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization on December 19, 1986.
HHS is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Its officers and members represent a cross-section of many community groups and professions. Its main focus is the restoration and preservation of historical aspects of the City of Hercules.
Murals Depicting Hercules History at The Exchange at Bayfront
From the developer (edited for style):
To enhance the exterior façade at The Exchange at Hercules Bayfront, two pedestrian walkways feature custom mural artwork representative of the development’s architectural style, history and vision for the future. These three murals are each a unique representation of the Exchange and serve as a cohesive piece of art throughout the exterior of the building.
Influences drawn from the site’s history incorporate visual elements that bring it back to modern day. Each has custom photo composites with layered effects using existing imagery edited for unique designs, which include a combination of detail shots of old coal mines, dynamite plants, train stations and stylistically treated imagery of local landscapes and skylines.
The rugged mining industry of the early 20th century portrayed ushered in a prosperous era for America. Hercules Powder Co. was extremely important in literally moving mountains for the development and rise of the American way of life.
In this mural design, there is a focus on everyday life on the people of Hercules. Families, buildings, and landscapes from Hercules’ past have all come together in this mural to create a cohesive design that celebrates the town.
MIXED INDUSTRIAL AND HOME LIFE
This mural depicts industry and family life of the Hercules Powder community. The illustrative elements are taken directly from the Hercules Powder Mixer, a magazine advertising the daily goings on of the Hercules community. Illustrations go back as early as 1910 up to 1978, at the closing of the Hercules Powder factory.