Eleanor Roosevelt's Little Village, Arthurdale, WV

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Original Hodgson House

One of the 50 original Hodgson houses ordered from a catalog by President Roosevelt’s aide, Louis Howe, over 80 years ago was opened for a one-day tour on September 13. To commemorate the special day, remarks were made by Dr. Jenny Boulware of WVU, Jeanne Goodman, executive director, and Sharon Kees, who grew up in the home. The two-bedroom house also features a sun room off the living room.


WV Genealogy Class

Learn how to research your family’s roots Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30pm in Center Hall at Arthurdale Heritage. Christy Venham, who teaches genealogy at WVU and works at the WV & Regional History Collection, will share her broad range of knowledge in this introductory class.

AHI members pay $15 and others $18. Register by calling 304 864-3959, emailing ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org, or coming by the office during business hours.

Smithsonian Museum Day Offers Free Admission

In conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Seventh Annual Museum Day on September 24, tours of Arthurdale Heritage’s homestead community museum along Rt. 92 in Preston County will be free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour includes a restored home, exhibits on the New Deal project, administration building, forge, service station, and community building. Tour tickets are available at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ and must be presented for the free admission. On Sunday, the museum will be open noon to 4 p.m., and admission will be charged for tours. The volunteer-run Craft Shop will also be open at the same times.

Finding and Telling Your Story: From the Porch to the Page

Gladesville resident Jo Ann Dadisman believes everyone has a story worth sharing and she is eager to help you find it. Starting Monday, September 26 at 6:30pm she will offer a five session writing workshop called From the Porch to the Page at Arthurdale Heritage’s Center Hall.

Using PowerPoint presentations, group feedback, and personal reflection, you will explore stories and the different ways to tell them. The five, two-hour workshops will help you craft your unique story. Perhaps you have a family story to share or an original one of your own. Class is limited to 10 and costs $85 for AHI members and $95 for others.

The following four classes will be on Thursdays at 6:30pm – October 13, 20, 27, and November 3.
To register, drop by the office, call 304.864.3959, or email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org.

Jo Ann Dadisman is a storyteller and current editor of the Glimpses of Gladesville histories. She has retired from WVU where she taught in the English Department for more than 20 years and served as co-director for the National Writing Project, a program designed to promote writing across the curriculum in grades K-12 and beyond.