APRIL NEWS: We had a "Show and Tell" at our April 10 meetiong with several people showing some interesting items and old photos and newspaper articles. Welcome to our most recent new members: John and Wilma Kidd and Matt and Joanna Wright !
We had 15 boys from Cross Lanes Tail Life Club and 10 parents vist Morgan's Kitchen April 7 for a tour. The 1 Presbyterian youth will visit the cabin April 24.
FEBRUARY 14, 2016 MEETING - The winter meeting of the St. Albans Historical Society was on Sunday, February 14 at 2 pm. Educator and Charleston City Councilman Cubert Smith was our guest, along with his brother Philander Smith. Meeting was held at the American Legion Hall....site of the former black school named Carter Woodson School. We had a record number of attenders.. 43 !!
Philander "Sonny" Smith singing
Dr. Cubert Smith
Kevin Bragg received the 2015 WV History Hero Award at the WV Culture Center Jan. 31, 2016. Kevin hosts open houses at the society's headquarters and museum once a month and during events in town. He has assisted in copying digital interviews with older citizens and works closely with the C&O Depot Museum to coordinate events. Bragg is always ready to volunteer for society events such as Founders Day and Morgan's Kitchen Fall Festival, and he works behind the scenes to get things done.
December Homes Tour: Our 23nd Annual Christmas Historic Homes Tour was Saturday, December 5. We acquired a KRT Trolley for this year’s tour...thanks to the Chamber of Commerce. List of this years historic properties: Historical Society Bldg., C&O Depot, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Baptist Church, American Legion Building / Carter Woodson School, Beeches / Smith House, Old Post Office – Chapman Technical, Graley House and the C&O Caboose. Five properties are on the National Register of Historic Places. Over 100 people came on the tour.
School History Project: Weimer Elem. History Lessons
Our group is presently teaching some local history to the 5th graders at Weimer Elementary. Started by Margaret Bassitt in 2011, this is our fourth 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. Ellen Mills-Pauley made beautiful folders with a map inside for them to use and keep their handouts and she had the students make a Morgan Kitchen cabin from construction paper and draw the inside fixtures in October. This project started in September and will run through January, 2016. Hopefully followed by a spring Field Trip.
Ellen Mills-Pauley having class make a Morgan Kitchen cabin from construction paper (below)
Margaret Bassitt (below) died March 30 and she was able to teach this class up into January...when she became ill and died in March, 2015. She loved doing this project and many children have been touched by her influence over the years....especially the past 3 years doing this project at Alban, Weimer and St. Francis.
- St. Francis Elementary 4th Grade Field Trip on May 20- They took a History field trip of the C&O Depot, St. Albans Historical Society museum, a drive down historic Main St., a tour of Teays Hill Cemetery and it's Indian Mound and Morgan's Kitchen.
Donations from Margaret Bassitt’s Family: “St. Albans – a Friendly City, 1938” (original), St. Albans Bridge Dedication 1934 Program, “Kanawha County Images”, Vol. 1 & 2, Central School Children’s Band Uniform (1938-39), 2 antibellum dress, several Historical Society books they have published, several early family histories (Hudsons, Thompsons), College Hiill Cemetery inventory and map, St. Albans High School History (1909-1971), St. Albans greeting cards (sketches), Hayes Jr. High Yearbook – 1990, St. Marks Church brochure – 1971, “Historical Sketch of Early St. Albans” booklet by Dart Ellis, “Early History of St. Albans” by C.D. Hereford, 1950, Founders Day Minutes and Notes., “Coalsmouth” by Dean Braley, “Coal, Steamboats,, Timber and Trains” by Bill Dean. a six old St. Albans High Yearbooks, mostly from the 1930’s and 1940’s.
12th Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival
The Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival, sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society, was held Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Morgan's Kitchen Museum along MacCorkle Ave. Activities included apple butter making, cabin tours, arts & crafts, displays, Civil War and Pioneer re-enactors and old time music and food .