April 8 - Next meeting
Year 2017 Accomplishments
- Printed two Newsletters (Spring & Fall)
- Worked with our Founder’s Day Committee to have a great event in May on Main St.
- Greeted over 75 visitors at Morgan’s Kitchen during our Summer Open House on Sundays. (June – August)
- Had over 35 visitors during our Open Houses on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Historical Society Building. Thanks to Kevin Bragg for volunteering to be their every 1st Saturday every month (10-2 pm) !!
- Held the 14th Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival. Over 9 vendors, music, re-enactors apple butter making and cabin tours
- Opened Historical Society Building 4 Mornings in October for the New River Fall Train.
- Presented local history to the 4th graders at Weimer Elementary (Fall 2017) and St. Francis - Elementary 4th/5th grade (Jan. - March 2017).
- Continue to maintain a web site (18 pages) (www.stalbanshistory.com) (since 2009).
- Meeting Speakers:
· February – St. Albans Black History (and art) – Cubert and Philander Smith
· April – Craik Patton House Presentation – Paul Zuros
· September – Ft. Scammon history – Dr. Billy Jo Peyton
· November – WWII Experiences – Walter Filipek
· History Day at Capitol – (February) We had a display there & nominated
Patty Swango to be a WV History Hero.
· Received various donations of books, photographs and maps: (www.stalbanshistory.com)
· June 11 - Sunday Picnic, 2 p.m. at Morgan’s Kitchen.
· December 2017 – 25 Annual Christmas Historic Homes Tour. 80 people participated.
· Printed 200 vintage 2018 calendars.
· Printed Folders for Elementary School History Lessons.
· Purchased a sign for Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival.
· Sold numerous Historical Society books (12 different books) at the Village Sampler.
· Provided one representation to the St. Albans Convention and Visitors Bureau (ceased meeting 2017), the Downtown Landmarks Commission and History Wednesday.
· Maintain a Facebook page with historical information.
(see: St. Albans Historical Society)
· Held a Business After Hours for the Chamber of Commerce in April at our Bldg.
· Made 40 gallons apple butter for a fund raiser.
· Had a Coal River History display at the Forks of Coal Education Day in September.
· Participated in the Coal River Group Water Festival and demonstrated and displayed the history of the Coal River to 4th and 5th graders. (May)
· Fixed the A.C/Heat at the Historical Society Building. Leaking Freon.
· Worked with the St. Albans Teen Court to provide Community Service hours for 2 teens.
Dues are due: ($10 individual/$15 family)...Send a check to Jane Milam at 1104, Summit Dr., St. Albans. See bottom of this page for the 2018 meeting dates.
St. Albans Christmas Historic Homes Tour:
Over 80 people took this years tour. It was the 25th Annual Christmas Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, December 9 from 6-9 pm.. Six historical homes were open for the tour as well as the C&O Depot. A shuttle took visitors to the various properties and made a continuous loop.
The tour began at the St. Albans Historical Society building at 404 Fourth Ave., adjacent to the C&O Depot.
All of the properties featured Christmas decorations and refreshments. Tickets were $10.00 for adults and students and children are free. Tickets are available at the St. Albans Historical Society building the night of the tour only beginning at 6:00 pm.
Six homes were included on this year's tour, including : C&O Train Depot (ca. 1906), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Miles House, Eighth Ave. Walker House, Pennsylvania Ave., Campbell / Moore-McHenry House, Eighth Ave, Trowbridge / Beatty House, Eighth Ave.,Graley House, Sixth Ave. and the Johnson / White House, 5th Ave.
School History Project: Weimer Elem. History Lessons
Our group is currently (Jan. - March 2018) teaching Local History to the 4th grade class at Weimer Elem. Started by Margaret Bassitt in 2011, this is our sixth year with this project. Neil Richardson is presenting the lessons once a week on Thursday. Some topics are: early native peoples, early explorers and settlers, Ft. Tackett, early churches, schools and transportation, Coal River history, old homes in town and Morgan’s Kitchen. We will be doing this again in the spring to the other Weimer 4th grade.
Ellen Mills-Pauley having class make a Morgan Kitchen cabin from construction paper - 2016 (below left). Fall 2016 combined 4-5 graders at St. Francis.(right)
New Shelter Built: The City constructied a new picnic shelter beside the Historical Society Building in October 2017. It can be used by people during the Fall New River Train Days, C&O Depot activities and Historical Society activities...in addition to being used as a picnic shlter and a possible Farmer's market.