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February 11, 2013

BUILDING A SOLID FOUNDATION: DAR asking for help to repair foundation of Scribner House

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NEW ALBANY —

“We are really pushing to get some funds so we can get it started during the bicentennial,” Price said. 

In addition to the foundation repair, a contractor told the organization restoration work is needed on the windows, clapboard siding, shutters, soffit and gutters of the house. 

The name of the fundraiser is A Scribner House Historic Preservation Drive, and Price believes the community will support the project. 

“Sometimes if you get something started, and people see it happening, they’ll be more apt to get on board,” she said. 

Much of the Scribner House is still in its original form and consists of original material. People have donated garments, dolls and pictures from the time period when the Scribners settled in New Albany to be showcased in the home. 

Third-graders in Floyd County tour the Scribner House each year as part of their curriculum. DAR member Nona Bell is one of the women who guides the tours. 

She said children are often fascinated by the items they see inside the house, and to Bell providing tours is a way of passing along the legacy of the oldest home in New Albany. 

“It’s history and it’s education for the children and the upcoming generations,” she said. 

DAR operates the Scribner House on a volunteer basis, and many times the women of the organization donate their own money to pay utility bills and other expenses associated with the upkeep of the structure. 

Price said the Scribner House it too valuable in terms of its historical significance to allow it to fall into disrepair. 

“It’s a symbol of the beginning of New Albany,” she said. 

For information on donating to the cause, call Price at 502-456-2869. Checks can also be mailed to Piankeshaw Chapter DAR, P.O. Box 881, New Albany, In., 47151-0881. 

 

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