Eleanor Roosevelt's Little Village, Arthurdale, WV

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The Homestead Project of Arthurdale

EleanorWelcome to Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal homestead subsistence project championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The first homesteaders arrived in 1934 and each property was 2 – 5 acres in size to allow the families to raise food and livestock. Modern amenities not commonly available around the country at that time – electricity, indoor plumbing, and a refrigerator – were provided to all 165 homes constructed by the federal government as a way to help families during the Great Depression. This ground-breaking project’s public buildings have been restored by residents who appreciated this second chance at life and knew the value of preserving it. A five-building museum is now open to the public year-round to tell the special story of the First Lady’s legacy.

New Non-Fiction Book on Arthurdale

CJ Maloney’s book Back to the Land: Arthurdale, FDR’s New Deal, and the Costs of Economic Planning is available in early April 2011. CJ came here several times and interviewed the children of homesteaders and others involved with Arthurdale Heritage. He wanted to discover how the New Deal economic policies that the government experimented with in Arthurdale actually affected the homestead community – and how those policies still affect America today. Order your copy now!

Quilt an “Apron” for Your Machine

Tired of searching your sewing table for your seam rippers or extra thread? On Saturday, March 19, Janet Collins will teach you to quilt a handy sewing machine apron. The apron, which sits under your machine, has pockets that keep your scissors and other sewing supplies close at hand. The class starts at 9 a.m. and students must bring their own machines and materials.

Cost is $12 for AHI members and $14 for non members. All proceeds are donated to AHI. Call the office at 304-864-3959 to register and for more details.

Quilt an Apron

Stained Glass classes

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