Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 82
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 82

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
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Frontier Outpost Ready to Launch Mary Zinn of \V olf Summit stands in doorway of Apothecary Shop. Museums freoueritlv are stuffv places, hut not this one at Salem College. You have tn call it a museum, because it is filled with the goodies of pioneer, frontier life in West Virginia. Daniel Roone. Louis Wetzel. Simon Kenton. Annie Bai- lev--all would feel nerfectlv at home if thev could come hack to life and drop in to visit Fort New Salem. One thing that makes Fort New Salem so strikingly different is that it is a working museum. None of your roped-off. do not touch areas here. These cabins, donated from many parts of the. state by generous persons, are college workshops where students study heritage arts crafts. The looms, spinning wheels, blacksmith forge, musical instruments are not just for seeing-they're for using. Another thing that makes Fort New Salem different is \that it is largely the effort of student toil, sweat--ves. and tears, too. Before they had mastered the necessarv know-how, the work crews put up one cabin wrong and it taught them the errors of their ways by collapsing. Of course, the college and the students had some volunteer, outside help. Fort New Salem probably could have been built without them, but it would have been a longer, more agonizing chore. Now the fort-museum-workshop is at the dedication stage. That's scheduled for Thursday. June 20. the state's 112th birthday anniversary. There will be on-the-site ceremonies at 5:30 p. m.. open house for vour viewing, and an invitation- only banquet later that evening. It's a good excuse for vnu all to come. Chinking is pounded between lops before dobbin^. Becky Eneix of \\ olf Summit Ls "mudding" or"dobbinp" a cabin. June 9, 1974, Sunday Gazette-Mail '

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