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February 26, 2009

LETTERS: Feb. 27, 2009

Help preserve Scribner House

I had driven by the little house on the Ohio many times and wondered about it — when was it built and by whom? During this past Christmas holiday, my questions were answered as I discovered a “treasure in our midst!”

Built by Joel Scribner in 1814, the oldest building in New Albany was open to the public for the annual Christmas tour. Joel and two brothers founded New Albany and named it after Albany, N.Y., their native state. This new settlement was so attractive that it became the largest city in the new (1816) state of Indiana.

From the moment we were welcomed outside by the ladies in period dress to the end of the tour, when Anne Caudill served us spicy cider and goodies, the experience was such a treat! Almost 200 years old, this beautifully restored and maintained family home is living history. With original pieces of furniture and displays of clothing worn by the family members, the house is the best example of life in the early 1800s that I have ever experienced.

A member of the Scribner family sold the home to the Piankeshaw Chapter of the NSDAR in 1917, and the organization has struggled to preserve it ever since. To walk through those rooms — so authentically restored — is a much more exciting history lesson than reading about 1814 or seeing a video. We all need to help ensure that this home continues to teach us about the past for another 200 years.

— Nancy Spradling, Louisville



Regarding Silver Street’s enrollment



In August, after the first week of school, Silver Street Elementary School parents were notified low enrollment in the third grade would require sending a third-grade teacher to Mount Tabor Elementary, resulting in a split third-, fourth-grade class. In addition, a special education aid would be moved to another school. Ironically, New Albany-Floyd County School Corp. cannot provide answers regarding minimum classroom sizes.

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