Making Plans for 2010

I just spent the day at a long meeting discussing the Arthurdale Heritage fundraising plans for this year and possibly years to come.  We have some fantastic initiatives that we will be announcing over the next few weeks. Most notably we are planning on launching “Arthurdale Weddings” wedding rental packages, challenge grants, new tours, new exhibits, and more events for children and families.

One of these family-oriented events is our annual Beat the Heat BBQ coming up next Saturday.  Tom and Dyanna Bonnette, Susie and Richie Davis and a slew of our dedicated volunteers will be grilling and serving up char-grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for this winter fundraiser.  And, yes, Tom and Richie will be outside in the freezing cold grilling. They do this every year and we are so very thankful for their dedication.

This event will also feature a SUPERVISED play area for the kids (so mom and dad can relax and have fun) and the Craft Shop will be open. The Craft Shop is not normally open until April when we start offering weekend tours again, so this is your chance to stop by and pick up unique gifts. (Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, fellas…hint hint!) We really hope to see you there!

Other fundraising events we are planning are the annual Elimination Dinner (April), Mother/Daughter Tea (May), the annual New Deal Festival (July 9-10), and an Ice Cream Social/Kids Day in August.  Also, October 11 is Eleanor Roosevelt’s Birthday and we’re thinking about throwing her a party!

That said, all of these events and initiatives take time, effort, and lots of planning. However, we always pull it off because we have such wonderful volunteers.  If there is anything that you would like to be a part of or help out with, we would love to hear from you.  If you are not on our volunteer email list, please let us know so we can add you.

One of the great things about technology is being able to easily get feedback from anyone and everyone.  We’re making lots of plans for 2010, but also for years to come.  We’d love to hear what Arthurdale Heritage means to you and what you would like to see us doing, so take a moment to add your comments below!

– Sarah Barnes
President, Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Board of Directors

March Volunteer of the month

Arthurdale Heritage is pleased to announce that Dale Snyder has been selected as our volunteer for the month of March.   Dale has given generously of his time to help AHI raise money by volunteering at the WVU basketball games.

Mr. Snyder and his wife Nancy, live in Morgantown but have roots in the Arthurdale community.  Nancy’s grandfather, Mr. Ambrose Brotherton, was an original homesteader and lived in A-3.

When Dale was a child, he remembers visiting his aunt, Bertie Cress, who also lived in Arthurdale.

Arthurdale Heritage would like to take this opportunity to thank Dale for his time and support.  It is volunteers like Dale that make AHI a success!

Thank You, Charity Auction Supporters

Arthurdale Heritage sponsored the community’s annual yard sale Saturday, May 2, followed by a Charity Auction on Sunday. Ray Frankhouser and his assistant, Jim Paugh, were guest auctioneers. The money raised from the event was earmarked for the Arthurdale School fund.

AH would like to thank the following supporters for their donations to the auction:

Sonny’s Plants, Belldina’s Pharmacy, Calico Cat, New Day Bakery, Valley Pharmacy, AH Craft Shop, Mane Tamer, Brown’s Mill Grocery, Gas ‘N More, Dairy Queen, Preston Publications, Monroe’s Restaurant, Silver Scissors, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Maitlin Cale, PC’s Pizza, Dickie Dixon, Challenge Academy, Sheltered Workshop, Ray Frankhouser, Jim Paugh, local families, and volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities — Lend a Helping Hand

Arthurdale Heritage needs weekend tour guides for Saturdays and Sundays (12-4).   We will be having a tour guide training session Saturday,  29 Aug.  at 11am.   Please meet in the Center Hall.

Being a tour guide is fun and enables you to meet some very interesting people.   Last week,  we had visitors from as far away as the Ukraine.   Another tour guide met a woman who served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Bosnia during the 1992-95 war!

If you’d like to see what it is like to be a tour guide, please come to the training session this Saturday.   Email for more info:

Help Arthurdale Heritage do more to help others understand the value of this historic preservation project and to have fun at community events through:

  • serving as a summer tour guide on weekend days (we’ll gladly train you)
  • assisting with periodic fundraising dinners in a variety of ways
  • becoming a member of our working committees
  • serving on the event staff for WVU football and basketball games as part of the Arthurdale group
  • providing office staff support for ongoing projects

Call the Arthurdale Heritage office at 304-864-3959 Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and we’ll be happy to discuss your interest in lending a helping hand.