The more I learned about the Martin/Stonedene parcel, the more I became convinced that it is deserving of preservation for the use and enjoyment of the people of the community, state and nation.
This idea became so important to me that, even though I am a woman of modest means, I spent $10,000 of my savings to set up a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit public benefit corporation entitled The Stonedene Foundation, its object and mission to raise public consciousness and to preserve the site for the benefit of the public.
My daughter, Merri Keeton, who lived in Old Cordelia at the time and who has an interest in the history of the area, did a great deal of research to facilitate this project. As a result, the process of establishing a non-profit corporation, normally taking about two years, was vastly expedited. By June of 2006, the corporation had been granted its non-profit status by the IRS and was a reality. The corporate attorney said that he had never seen one go through so fast.
The Stonedene Foundation contacted Mr. Grant Hagistad, 1st National Group Incorported (a Nevada corporation based in Campbell, California) who at the time was listed in public record as the owner of the site, acquired in 1998. We believed, and still believe, that corporate business interests and preservation interests could ultimately both be served by using a little creativity, but Mr. Hagistad was not interested in opening a dialogue.