Monday, May 2, 2011

Thank you!

Last weekend (April 29 & 30), a public open house and temporary museum was held at the Gardner House. The Hart County community, local historians, members of the WKU community, and many others came out to visit during the two-day event.

Sarah McCartt-Jackson sets up one of several exhibits

Nearly 120 people stopped by to look at the progress of the Gardner House restoration and learn more about the area surrounding the house. The students at the event also learned plenty from the visitors, some of whom had lived in the house before it became part of the Upper Green River Preserve.

Graduate student Rachel Hopkin (right) becomes part of Charlene Long's basket making demonstration

 RaShae Jennings talks to visitor Jonathan Jeffrey
 We would like to say thank you to all of our visitors for making this event such a great success!

We hope to make this only the first of many community events at the Gardner House. If you're interested in becoming a member of the Community Advisory Board for the house, we'd like to hear from you. You'll have input on what events might be possible for the future and how the Gardner House impacts the local community. For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Ann Williams, head of WKU's Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology, at

Photos by Janice Crane and Heather Rhodes Johnson

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Community Open House

Thanks for stopping by the Gardner Historic House blog! If you'd like to visit the actual house, now's your chance.

The Gardner House will be open to the public THIS SATURDAY, September 27, 2014 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. SEE YOU THERE! For more information, go to

We look forward to seeing you there!