Kump Education Center receives DAR grant

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced that the organization will donate $10,000 to the Kump Education Center for porch stabilization.

Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of John Hart Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Randolph County.

This grant will help rebuild two porch posts where rotting wood compromises the safety of the roof on the back of the historic Kump House. The building is in the process of restoration and redevelopment as a center for teacher mentoring and continuing education. Many members of the Kump family were teachers, and the house was bequeathed to the city of Elkins “to be used by educator to promote educational purposes.”

“We are delighted to be receiving such a generous donation from the DAR,” said Dr. Heather Biola, the Kump Center project coordinator. “We realize that our grant is just one of many that they made throughout the year to preserve our nation’s history. We feel fortunate that they have chosen to assist us in restoring our back porch.”

Kump Education Center hosted the May 15 meeting of the John Hart and Blackwater Chapters of DAR. The members in attendance were John Hart Regent Barbara McCreary, Barbara Tedford, Cece Wallace, Doreen Hall, Mary Emily Anger, Nancy Smith, Lorraine Moran, Mary Kay Bidlack, Deb Bonwell, Sue Ann Silk, Paula Currance and Blackwater Regent Betty Knicley.

The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities that promote the organization’s mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism.

The DAR receives hundreds of grants applications each year, making competition for the funding through the nonprofit organization high. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter, submit a copy of their 501(c)(3) IRS documentation, and include a narrative that describes the need and urgency of the project as well as planned activities and benefits to the community which will result from the grant.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support better education for the nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With nearly 170,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.

More information is available by contacting Barbara McCreary at 304-636-8107 or Heather Biola at 304-637-7820.