Arthurdale residents Thelma Kees and her daughter Sharon, have generously donated an original Hodgson home and over three acres of land to Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. The house, homestead E-2, was the first house completed in Arthurdale.
â€œWe are thrilled with the generosity of the Kees family and this donation. It ensures that this historic house will be restored and maintained as part of Arthurdale Heritageâ€™s mission of preservation and education,â€ said Jeanne Goodman, Arthurdale Heritage Executive Director.
The house was originally built for members of the National Youth Administration in 1934. Thelma Keesâ€™ family purchased the house in 1942 and it has been in her family since. AHI is beginning a capital campaign to raise funds to restore the house to its original 1934 condition to use as a classroom and museum building.
AHI will be honoring the Kees family for their donation at the New Deal Festival on Saturday, July 9th. The ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on the Center Hall Main Stage.