Efforts made to save Willa Cather’s birthplace

The National Willa Cather Center in Nebraska and the Cather family is seeking donations to help purchase and restore her birthplace located in Gore.

The Pulitzer Prize winning author and Frederick County native’s home has fallen into disrepair and is in risk of collapse.

Significant restoration is needed to preserve the home with costs estimated at $200,000.

Cather’s works including Sapphira and the Slave Girl have increasing interest to contemporary scholars and preserving her birthplace could attract visitors to the Shenandoah Valley.

The home has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978 and was last visited by Cather in the 1930s.

The Willa Cather Birthplace Fund has already raised over $20,000 and you can chip in by donating here.

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Inaugural First Night Middletown deemed a success

The inaugural First Night Middletown was deemed a success after raising over $2,500 for the Winchester Model Railroad Club.

The evening included musical performances and children’s activities as well as a silent auction including Mort Kunstler prints, signed Washington Commanders items, local gift cards, and more.

Money raised from the auctions contributed to the fundraising efforts towards Winchester Model Railroad Club’s new headquarters which is relocating to Middletown.

The Town and Club are already over halfway to their goal of $200,000.

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