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.
Kees house, 1959
Former President of Arthurdale Heritage,Â Marilee Hall, Continue Reading
Arthurdale Heritage needs weekend tour guides for Saturdays and Sundays (12-4).Â Â We will be having a tour guide training session Saturday,Â 29 Aug.Â at 11am.Â Â Please meet in the Center Hall.
Being a tour guide is fun and enables you to meet some very interesting people.Â Â Last week,Â we had visitors from as far away as the Ukraine.Â Â 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.Â Â Email for more info:Â email@example.com
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.
UPDATE (1/18/2009) – Follow Darlene’s posts about the Inauguration on the new Arthurdale Heritage Blog: http://blog.arthurdaleheritage.org.
You can also follow her on Twitter.
From WBOY TV,Â Friday, 16 January:
ARTHURDALE — Arthurdale was the nation’s first New Deal Homestead Community established by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during the Great Depression.Â Continue Reading