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									              Cass Preservation Effort Gathers Steam
                         By David Vago                  workmanship and prevention.                 has gotten a lot done. Eighty-two
                 For years, lack of funds,                 Dave Caplinger has served as             structures have new roofs. Caplinger
              personnel, and critical skills led to     superintendent since 2003. “Cass is         credits the State Historic Preservation
              deterioration of historic structures in   far better cared for than any other         Office for permitting 3-tab tar shingles
              the town of Cass, but recent                                                                as a fast, inexpensive, and
              changes in the Cass Scenic                                                                  reliable way to protect the
              Railroad State Park personnel                                                               buildings. Gutters are reducing
              and funding have altered                                                                    water damage.
              the town’s direction. More                                                                     Sixteen buildings have
              attention is being paid than                                                                received major structural
              ever before to preserving the                                                               or foundation repairs, 53
              lumber-company town.                                                                        have been painted, and 24
                 In 2002, the state’s                                                                     houses have received interior
              Parks & Recreation Section                                                                  renovations. Eight porches
              began reorganizing the park                                                                 and a garage have been
              to provide two assistant                                                                    reconstructed. Eight new rental
              superintendents and other                                                                   houses are available, with two
              staff. One assistant now runs             Freshly-refurbished Company Store at Cass         more available as volunteer
              the railroad, while the other                                                               dormitories, and another for
              oversees the town. A carpenter was        company town,” he said. “We’re              headquarters.
              also hired for the first time. The         preserving something unique.”                  The result draws comments from
              result is a better-organized approach        Within the confines of state rules
                                                                                                                  CASS continued on page 2
              to maintenance that emphasizes            limiting project costs, the park

                              Keith-Albee Hosts Premier Event
                 The setting for PAWV’s first ever Awards Banquet is           is the former director of the National Trust for Historic
              reason enough to attend the gala event. Even without            Preservation’s National Main Street Center. During
              good food, good friends and a fabulous speaker,                 her tenure there, the Main Street program was widely
              Huntington’s historic Keith-Albee Theatre is absolutely         recognized as one of the most successful economic
              magnificent.                                                     development programs in the country, expanding to a
                 But Preservation Alliance has plans for the September        nationwide network of almost 2,000 towns and cities.
              23rd event which include not only a tour of the iconic             At the CLUE Group, Smith helps civic leaders and
              theatre, but also a reception and dinner followed                                              BANQUET continued on page 2
              by a well-crafted program featuring a nationally
              recognized expert on commercial district
              revitalization and development.
                 Vice President Jeremy Morris
              suggested that PAWV alternate
              awards banquets with conferences
              starting with 2009. “The Awards
              Banquet gives PAWV the opportunity
              to recognize outstanding preservation
              projects in West Virginia and honor the
              groups or individuals who champion
              them,” Morris said. “The banquet
              will also give PAWV a chance to
 Volume XVI   showcase the state’s historic venues
              and present programs of interest to
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              our membership.” Morris said the next
Fall 2009     PAWV conference will be held in 2010.
                 PAWV will present Kennedy Smith
              as the 2009 banquet speaker. The co-
              founder of the Community Land Use
              and Economics (CLUE) Group, Smith
CASS continued from page 1                            for their dedication and accomplishments.”            company houses into overnight lodging.
repeat visitors. Dave Field started coming in             First incorporated in 1902, Cass supported            Through the 1980s and 90s Cass’s
1958, and now brings his son, daughter, and           the rail-logging operations of the West Virginia      condition remained tenuous. Its population
grandchildren. “Excepting East Cass, it hasn’t        Pulp and Paper Company. The town featured             dwindled, ending its incorporation in 1985,
changed much in 40 years,” said Field, though         houses, a store, meat market, churches,               the same year that disastrous floods wreaked
he notes, “It’s in better shape than it was 40        a hotel, hospital, and a school. Eventually,          havoc statewide. Some houses became rental
years ago. The cabin this year was really nice.”      declining timber quality, changing timber             cottages, but many deteriorated. A few were
                                                      needs, and truck competition slowed the               lost to fire and rot.
    Currently, a contractor is renovating a
                                                      operation. Logging finally stopped in 1960.               People from the park, the MSR&LHA, PAWV,
former company vice president’s
home. A Save America’s Treasures                                                                            and local government formed a committee
grant for nearly $700,000 will allow                                                                        for town preservation in 2001. They raised
the building to open for tours.                                                                             $14,000 toward preservation work, mostly on
Eventually the park hopes for                                                                               the doctor’s house.
enough funding to operate it as a                                                                              In 2004, part of the schoolhouse—long in
bed-and-breakfast. “It would be                                                                             need of critical roof repairs—collapsed under
great if we could attract retreats                                                                          wet snow. Further collapses prompted a series
and meetings,” said Caplinger,                                                                              of controlled demolitions. In 2008, the last of
who estimates the work would cost                                                                           the remaining wooden structures was removed.
$800,000.                                                                                                   Caplinger said, “Had [maintenance] kept
    Caplinger is motivated by the                                                                                          pace, the schoolhouse would
love that so many show for Cass.                                                                                           be a centerpiece of the town …
Members of the “Mountain State                                                                                             [but] money was short and here
Railroad and Logging Historical          At right is some of the work required                                             the priority for a long time was
Association” put in record hours         to produce the sparkling street scene                                             to keep the trains running at all
on restoration and interpretive
                                            along the road at Cass, above.                                                 costs.”
projects. Others help clean the park                                                                                          Like previous superintendents
                                                            The town                                                       and administrators, Caplinger
in springtime. Some staff has worked here for
                                                        stayed privately-                                                  faces challenges. Among them is
decades. The park enjoys a good relationship
                                                        owned, housing a                                                   the process of competing against
with the local volunteer fire department,
                                                        dwindling number                                    all the other historic state parks for money to
Masonic Lodge, and small businesses.
                                                        of tenants. Other company towns were sold off       fund preservation work.
   “West Virginia is fortunate to have the              piecemeal, then quickly altered or torn down.
strong leadership demonstrated here,”                                                                          For the foreseeable future, Cass will
                                                        Cass stayed intact. Still, its owners were soon
said Preservation Alliance of West Virginia                                                                 continue to rely on the work of staff and
                                                        ready to drop the burden. The state recognized
Executive Director Karen Carper. “PAWV                                                                      volunteers, and continued support from the
                                                        its historic value as the most intact early 20th-
commends the park personnel and volunteers                                                                  state. Caplinger said, “Cass is doing better
                                                        century company town in the United States,
                                                                                                            than it has for quite some time. It shows every
                                                        and purchased it in 1978. It became part of the
                                                                                                            indication that it will be here for a long, long
                                                        Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, established
                                                                                                            time to come.”
                                                        in the early 1960s to haul tourists up Back
                                                        Allegheny Mountain with gear-driven steam              The former executive director of Preservation Alliance,
                                                                                                              Vago is the exhibits coordinator for Historic Beverly.
                                                        locomotives. Staff soon began converting old

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                                                      developers craft dynamic retail development strategies, cultivate locally owned businesses,
                                                      strengthen community development programs and policies, and improve main street revitalization
                                                      efforts. She has served as a consultant to towns and cities in all 50 U.S. states and several foreign
                                                      countries as well as organizations ranging from the United Nations Education, Scientific and
                                                      Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to the US Army.
                                                         A popular speaker on historic preservation and other community development issues, Smith will
                                                      discuss the value of historic preservation and performance venues as a downtown revitalization
                                                         The Keith-Albee opened on May 8, 1928. The theatre was constructed by the talented architect
                                                      Thomas W. Lamb. At that time, it was second in size in the United States only to the Roxy Theatre
                                                      in New York City. At first, the theatre offered vaudeville acts with local performers A.B. and S.J.
                                                         With the decline of vaudeville, the Keith-Albee began to run movies in the 1930s. By the 1970s
         The Keith-Albee Theatre in 1954

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                                                                         The Old Riverside School
   A movement is afoot in Elkins to save and          the outstanding educational standards                The group has partnered with professors
preserve the only school built to serve African-      and traditions of excellence in both sports       from Davis and Elkins College and other
American children in the region. Supporters           and academia at Riverside School were             non-profits and local businesses to initiate an
hope the old Riverside School will become             abandoned. The school was closed and the          academic and community outreach program
an African-American Archive, Museum, and              students transferred to the
Heritage Center.                                      newly integrated schools of
   The Riverside School revitalization project is Randolph County . Since
supported by Mountain Partners in Community that time the old brick school
Development and other area non-profits and             building overlooking the
businesses. “This is an opportunity for
citizens, organizations, and institutes      Riverside School in a recent photo (below).
alike to help secure a place in the future     At right are some of the generations of
for the African-American past that has          Elkins schoolchildren who went there.
played a vital role in the development
of this region,” said MPCD AmeriCorps
VISTA member Alice Sabatino. “The                                                                       based on Appalachian and Allegheny regional
building is in desperate need of                                                                        African-American literature, culture and history.
stabilization and renovation.”                                                                             The Riverside School Association and
   Built in 1906 to serve the African-                                                                  MPCD held the first annual Riverside Blues
American community, Riverside                                                                           Fest July 18, 2009, on River St. in Elkins. All
School opened its doors to students,                                                                    proceeds from the event will be used for the
often distant kin, from neighboring                                                                     stabilization and renovation of the old school.
counties which did not provide public                                                                   Other fundraising events are planned as the
education for African-American                                                                          group works to list the property on the National
students. By law, these counties                                                                        Register of Historic Places and secure major
were required to provide funding to                                                                     restoration grants.
Randolph County for the education of                                                                       Supporters hope the Riverside School will
non-resident students who lived with relatives        Tygart River has stood as a quiet memorial to     rise up from its humble beginnings and again
or as boarders in local homes.                        the opportunities offered and shared within its   become a valuable and cherished community
   Riverside families worked to ensure their          walls.                                            resource which celebrates the legacy of
children’s education, pushing the local school           Today only a few graduates of the Riverside    African-American contributions in rural West
board to expand the eight-year school, first           School reside in Elkins, but in February 2009     Virginia. Eunice B. Cobb, Riverside alumni and
adding ninth and tenth grades, and within a few the Riverside Alumni were able to purchase              former faculty member said, “I give Riverside
years, a full, certified high school curriculum.       the school on a deed of trust with money          credit for everything. I’m proud of Riverside
An athletic program also flourished with the           raised by the Future Business Leaders of          School, because those are my roots and I’m
encouragement and dedication of faculty and           America. Supporters including MPCD and            proud of my roots.”
parents.                                              Youth Empowered Solutions have joined the           For more information or to contribute to the Riverside
   After school desegregation in 1954,                Riverside School Association on the project.         School Association. go to

grand movie houses were being torn down to make way for larger cinemas. The
Hyman family converted the grand Keith-Albee into three separate theatres. On
January 22, 2006, the Keith-Albee closed its doors as an active movie theater.
   Since 2006, contractors and volunteers have worked to repair years of
wear and tear and to restore portions of the theatre to their original form. The
partitions installed to create the movie theatres have been removed, reducing
the three rooms to the original one.
   The theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part
of the Huntington Downtown Historical District in 1986, and is currently being
restored as a performing arts center.
   The Awards Banquet event will begin with a tour of the Keith-Albee at 3 p.m.
A 5 p.m. reception will follow the tour and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. After a brief
annual meeting, awards will be presented at 7 p.m. The program will conclude
with Smith’s presentation. The enclosed flier provides registration information.
                                                                                              “Steamboat Around The Bend” was released in 1935

     Volume XVI Issue 2                                                                                                                         Page 3
The Battle of Blair Mountain: We
               By C. Belmont Keeney
   On August 7, 1921, just one week after Sid Hatfield
had been murdered on the steps of the McDowell County
Courthouse, Frank Keeney, the president of the UMWA
District 17, gave a stirring speech to thousands of miners on
the capitol grounds in Charleston. He told the crowd that there
was no justice in West Virginia and declared, “The only way
you can get your rights is with a high powered rifle!” He then
told the miners to go home and await the call to march.
   And march they did. Over 10,000 miners carved a path
of rebellion from Charleston to the doorstep of Logan
County. We all know what happened next. Mine guards and
miners fought it out until federal troops intervened. Over
500 “rednecks” were charged with treason, murder, and

                                     As                            Miners line up for rations issued by the union during the long strike preceding
                           this issue goes                          the battle. The situation deteriorated when food supplies began to give out.
                      to press, the status of Blair                  conspiracy to commit murder. The state used coal company
                 Mountain remains uncertain. Opponents                 lawyers in the prosecution, and our own governor testified
                 of the National Register listing petitioned             against the miners. Among those charged, of course,
              the Keeper of the National Register of Historic              were the leaders of the movement: Frank Keeney, Fred
               Places to delist the battlefield, citing errors in            Mooney, and Bill Blizzard.
             the number of property owners opposed to the                       Frank Keeney was my great-grandfather. I learned
         listing. The keeper announced a thirty day comment                    about the Mine Wars and the Battle of Blair Mountain
        period after that request. The Alliance then requested                  at family cookouts and around my grandparents’
                                                                                fireplace. My family has a long history in these
                                                                                 mountains—I was proudly told. The Keeneys settled
                                                                                 in the Greenbrier Valley in 1751 and even have a few
                                                                                 rapids on the New River bearing the family name.
                                                                                 However, in the decades after Blair Mountain, you
                                                                                 did not want to walk into Charleston with the last
                                                                                 name Keeney. The name meant treason. For many
        a 45-day extension to the comment period in which to                    years, restaurants refused to serve Frank Keeney,
       further research the issue. That work is ongoing. For the                but in the working class pubs he never had to buy a
           time being, Blair Mountain is listed on the National                drink. Unfortunately, I never learned about any of this
             Register of Historic Places. Even if it is ultimately            in school. In fact, my eighth grade West Virginia history
         removed, the mountain has been declared eligible for                teacher had never even heard of Frank Keeney. As a
           the register, and that designation invokes the same             teenager, I was left to wonder if anybody remembered
                protections that a register listing will bring.           or even cared what had happened in the coal fields of
                 The PAWV Blair Mountain Task Force is                  southern West Virginia.
                  working tirelessly to keep this important              Blair Mountain’s listing on the National Register of Historic
                     historic resource on the National              Places gave us another means of remembering and we now
                         Register of Historic Places.              know that some people care. Remembrance without action is
                                                                   pointless and we are indebted to those who have worked to
                                                                   preserve this historic landmark. Blair Mountain reminds us of

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e Are Still Fighting!
                                                                                 who we are as West Virginians. I believe Frank Keeney summed
                                                                                 it up well when he said, “I am a native West Virginian and there
                                                                                 are others like me in the mines here. We don’t propose to get
                                                                                 out of the way when a lot of capitalists from New York and
                                                                                 London come down and tell us to get off the earth. They played
                                                                                 that game on the American Indian. They gave him the end of a
                                                                                 log to sit on and then pushed him off that. We don’t propose to
                                                                                 be pushed off.” Blair Mountain reminds us of a time when West
                                                                                 Virginians refused to be pushed off the log.
                                                                                    Blair Mountain also reminds us that the fight is not over. In a
                                                                                  speech to a crowd of striking miners, Keeney reassured them
                                                                                  that the cause for which they suffered was not in vain. “One day
   An aerial view of Blair Mountain shows the rugged setting of the fighting.
                                                                                  there will be no more tent colonies, no more gunmen, because
                                                                                                                                     right now you
                                                                                                                                     people are
                                                                                                                                     going through
                                                                                                                                     what you are.”
                                                                                                                                     He was right.
                                                                                                                                     Today, there are
                                                                                                                                     no more tent
                                                                                                                                     colonies, and
                                                                                                                                     the mine guards
                                                                                                                                     are now found
                                                                                                                                     only in books or
                                                                                                                                     pieces of fiction.
                                                                                                                                     But the absence
                                                                                                                                     of these things
                                                                                                                                     does not signify
                                                                                                                                     that the conflict
                                                                                                                                     over coal,
  Artifacts found on Blair Mountain in
                                                                                                                                     people, and
  more recent times include jaw harps,
    a whistle, assorted rifle and pistol                   A modern highway marker sketches the history of the conflict.             history in West
   cartridges, and other small objects.             The armistice at Blair Mountain merely delayed eventual union organizing.        Virginia has
                                                                                    A friend of mine once asked me in a joking manner, “You think
                                                                                 if Frank Keeney were alive today that he’d have a Friends of
                                                                                 Coal bumper sticker?” I responded that Frank Keeney was no
                                                                                 Friend of Coal, but he was a friend of coal miners. There is a
                                                                                 big difference. If we are to be friends of the miners who stormed
                                                                                 Blair Mountain so many years ago, we must keep working to list
                                                                                 it on the National Register of Historic Places. If we give up on
                                                                                 this fight, then we give up on the ideals of the Redneck Army of
                                                                                 1921. If Frank Keeney were alive today, I believe he would still
                                                                                 be fighting.
                                                                                  C. Belmont Keeney is the author of “Rank and File Rednecks:
                                                                                   Radicalism and Union Leadership in the West Virginia Mine
                                                                                  Wars” and “A Republican for Labor: T. C. Townsend and the
  Miners turn in their weapons in an agreement reached only after Army                   West Virginia Labor Movement, 1921-1932.”
      and Air Corps forces actively intervened in the confrontation.

          Volume XVI Issue 2                                                                                                            Page 5
Kit Houses:                                                              A Farewell To
Interest is Building                                                     Martha...
   Rosemary Thornton, foremost authority on kit houses, will visit          It is with gratitude and no small measure of
Lewisburg in September. Sponsored by the City of Lewisburg Historic      sadness that Preservation Alliance bids a fond
Landmarks Commission, Thornton will assist the commissioners in their    farewell to Martha Ballman.
efforts to identify kit houses.                                             Ballman has served as coordinator of
   Thornton has written two popular books on kit houses, Finding the     PAWV’s West Virginia Cultural Heritage
Houses That Sears Built: a Guide to the 60 Most Popular Designs, and     Development Program since 2006. Funded by
The Houses That Sears Built; Everything You Ever Wanted to Know          a generous grant from the Claude Worthington
About Sears Catalog Homes. She has conducted workshops in over           Benedum Foundation, her position ends at the end of the grant period
200 communities and has made presentations at many national historic     on December 31st of this year.
preservation conferences.                                                   “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Martha these
   Commonly known as Sears Houses, kit houses were manufactured          past three years,” said PAWV Executive Director Karen Carper. “Martha
and sold by several companies, including Sears Roebuck & Co. and         has brought exceptional spirit and dedication to this program, and we
Montgomery Ward. Sears houses were sold from 1908-1940, but other        are going to miss her.”
producers continued to sell kit houses until the early 1980s. A Sears       Ballman’s contributions are many. During her tenure with the
house consisted of 30,000 parts and came with a 75-page instruction      program, she has worked to support heritage tourism business
book Kit houses were commonly delivered by railway boxcars, and the      development in communities and among individual artists and
houses are typically found in railroad towns.                            producers, partnered with the West Virginia State Historic Preservation
   While Lewisburg is not a railroad town, it is located near the main   Office and the Division of Tourism on development of thematic trails,
line of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. A rail line was completed in   and facilitated communication between members of PAWV’s Cultural
1905 to connect Lewisburg with the main line in Ronceverte. Until its    Heritage Development Advisory Panel. The panel’s objective—to help
discontinuation in 1931, the Lewisburg and Ronceverte Railway may        prevent duplication of efforts and maximize the impact of projects and
have been used to bring kit houses to Lewisburg.                         use of resources—was also Ballman’s strength. “Martha is an incredible
   Following three days of visiting homes in Lewisburg, Thornton         networker. She used her communication skills to the advantage of
will present her findings and an entertaining history of kit houses       everyone involved,” said Carper.
on September 24 at 7 pm at the Greenbrier County Public Library.            Preservation Alliance appreciates the quality of Ballman’s contribution
For additional information, readers may contact Kathy Hoke at the        to the West Virginia Cultural Heritage Development program and
Lewisburg City Hall at (304) 645-2080 or Skip Deegans at (304) 645-      wishes her well in her future endeavors.
1566 or (304) 646-8475.
                                                                         Lynn Stasick:
                                                                         In The Field
                                                                         For PAWV
                                                                            Preservation Alliance of West Virginia
                                                                         is pleased to welcome Lynn Stasick of
                                                                         Morgantown as the organization’s first full-
                                                                         time field representative.
                                                                            Stasick will deliver services supporting
                                                                         preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties on PAWV’s
                                                                         Endangered Properties List. Services will include on-site assistance
                                                                         such as help with needs assessment, redevelopment and sustainability
                                                                         plans as well as identifying funding sources and assisting with grant-
                                                                         writing for preservation projects.
                                                                            PAWV Executive Director Karen Carper said this is a very positive
                                                                         step for the organization and the state. “Preservation Alliance is so
                                                                         excited to bring someone with Lynn’s qualifications to help meet
                                                                         preservation needs in our communities,” she said. “This is a first for
                                                                         PAWV and West Virginia.”
                                                                            A native of Bergen County, New Jersey, Stasick has lived in West
                                                                         Virginia since 1973. He operated a contracting business out of
                                                                         Morgantown for nearly twenty years before enrolling as a freshman
                                                                         at West Virginia University in the fall of 1998. Among other work, his

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         PAWV Officers 2009                                                                 Fall 2009
                   Robert Conte
                 PRESIDENT — Union                                                         Join, Renew Or
                  Jeremy Morris                                                            Contribute TODAY!
             VICE PRESIDENT — Wheeling
                   Phyllis Baxter
                 TREASURER — Elkins
                   Christy Bailey
                SECRETARY — Beckley
               Board Members
        Carol Appenzellar – Martinsburgrg
           Henry Battle – Charleston
            Ted Boggess – Princeton
          Liza Caldwell – Huntington
         Terri Cutright – Morgantown
              Mike Gioulis – Sutton
            Cris Green – Clarksburg
         Elizabeth Hulett – Hedgesville
           Paul Lindquist – Lewisburg
         Michael Mills – Morgantown
       Barbara Rasmussen – Morgantown  wn                         Annual Memberships:
          Susie Salisbury – Charleston                              Individual – $25
              Duke Talbott – Elkins                                   Family – $40
                                                                   Professional – $50
                   Ex Officio                                       Benefactor – $100
         Bob Beanblossom — WVDNR    R
          Susan Pierce — WV SHPO                               Call 304-345-6005 for credit
                                                              card payment, or to learn about
        Monica Miller — Main Street WV
                                                              other ways you can contribute.
              Nell Ziehl — NTHP

       Karen Carper – Executive Director
                                                                                                            New VISTA
       Martha Ballman – WVCHD Program Coordinator
       Connie McColley – MI/GI WV Program Specialist
                                                                                                            Provides Expert
       Lynn Stasick – Field Representative                                                                  Assistance
       Yosif Simiryan – AmeriCorps VISTA                                                                         AmeriCorps VISTA member Yosif
                                                                                                              Simiryan joined PAWV Aug. 31 and will
business was involved in restoration, stabilization, and maintenance                                          remain for a one-year term of service.
projects at historic properties as well as retrofitting buildings for                                           During that time he will work to improve
handicapped accessibility post 1991.                                                     Simiryan              organizational outreach with an updated
   Chosen as a West Virginia University Ronald E. McNair Post-                database and online communication system, including a new online
Baccalaureate Scholar in 2001, Stasick completed a master’s degree            version of Preservation News. He will also apply his technical skills to
in public history and received a state certificate in cultural resource        increase efficiency at the PAWV office.
management in 2006. Both programs required considerable field                     Born in Moldova in the former Soviet Union, Simiryan immigrated
work. Hired by the McNair Scholars Program later that year as a Ph.D.         with his family to the United States as a refugee in pursuit of freedom
graduate assistant, Stasick has successfully completed the necessary          of speech and religious expression. He earned a Masters degree in
doctoral course work in Appalachian studies at WVU and has begun              Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from Novosibirsk University,
reading for the comprehensive examinations.                                   Siberia and has worked as a computer programmer, data-base
   Stasick’s position with PAWV is funded in part by a $75,000 National       architect, web designer and software engineer.
Trust for Historic Preservation Partners in the Field challenge grant. The       Simiryan became a United States citizen in 1999. Having arrived
NTHP funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by PAWV donors.                  in America with only $150 in his pocket, he is grateful for the many
   PAWV’s 2009 Endangered Properties include Hinton’s McCreery                opportunities and successes he and his family discovered in their new
Hotel, the Capitol Theatre of Wheeling, First Ward School of Elkins,          country. Becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA member offered him a chance
Wyco Church near Mullens, the Tyler County Home in Sistersville,              to give back to national and local community efforts. Simiryan comes to
Mannington’s Bowers House, the Glenville Bridge and the Waldo Hotel           PAWV following two years of service at Charleston’s Step by Step.
of Clarksburg.                                                                   A resident of Charleston’s East End where he lives with his wife,
   Nominations to the 2010 Endangered Properties List will be accepted        Tovli, Simiryan said he looks forward to assisting Preservation Alliance
in November. For more information, visit           of West Virginia with current and future projects.

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                                   Preservation Alliance On The Web:

                                                                                                      Preservation Trades Workshops - Back Cover                                      •
                                                                                                      Staff Changes At PAWV - Pages 6 & 7                                             •
                                                                                                      Lewisburg Workshop: Kit Homes - Page 6                                          •
                                                                                                      Blair Mountain Matters - Page 4                                                 •
                                                                                                      Elkins’ Riverside School - Page 3                                               •
                                                                                                      Cass Preservation Achievements - Page 1                                         •
                                                                                                      PAWV Annual Meeting/Awards Banquet - Page 1                                     •
                                                                                                  FALL 2009: In This Issue...

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                   “Hands On” Historic Preservation:
      Preservation Trades Workshops Will Offer Theory AND Practice
   PAWV will offer workshops in the coming         help participants understand many aspects of        registrations may also be made by phone at
months on various historic preservation            masonry.                                            304-345-6005.
techniques. Supported by a grant from the             In the afternoon session, students will have        The McCreery Hotel was placed on PAWV’s
West Virginia State Historic                                            a chance to try the various    Endangered Properties List in January 2009.
Preservation Office, a fall                                              techniques under the           PAWV Field Representative Lynn Stasick will
workshop will provide instruction                                       supervision of experienced     help evaluate preservation needs and provide
in brick re-pointing.                                                   masons. Handouts from          technical assistance at all listed endangered
   Held at the McCreery                                                 the morning session will       properties. Masonry work is among the many
Hotel in Hinton, the Sept. 26                                           help everyone review           needs identified at the McCreery.
workshop will give participants                                         and apply what they have          Future workshops will offer demonstrations
an introduction to masonry                                              learned. These materials       and instruction in historic window restoration,
restoration and preservation with                                       can also be used as            plastering, millwork or painting. The 2010
both classroom and hands-on                                             a reference for future         workshop schedule will be posted at www.
instruction.                                                            preservation work.    as available. For more information,
   The workshop will begin with                                            The $35 registration        visit the website or call the PAWV office at
a 9 a.m. session introducing                                            fee includes both morning      304-345-6005.
students to masonry tools,                                              and afternoon sessions,        PAWV’s Preservation Trades Workshops are funded in part by the WV Division
materials and resources                                                 handouts and lunch. To         of Culture and History and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
                                                                                                       However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or
including preservation briefs                                           register, print and send       policies of the Department of the Interior. Regulations of the U.S. Department
offered online by the National         Hands-On at PAWV’s previous      the completed online           of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally
                                         masonry workshop in 2006                                      Assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap.
Park Service. A discussion of                                           form with your payment to      Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any
mortar analysis such as color,                                          PAWV. The form is located      program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance
                                                                                                       should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the
texture, permeability and other factors will       at Credit card             Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.

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