WHO WE ARE
To promote student achievement and enhance teacher excellence
In 2008 the Kump family home and an endowed trust were gifted to the City of Elkins by the will of Mary Gamble Kump, daughter of H.G. Kump, 19th Governor of the State of West Virginia. The Kump Education Center, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, was organized in 2010 to fulfill the further declared wishes of Mary Gamble Kump that the property be used for preservation and educational purposes.
Completed in 1925, the Gov. Kump House was the family home to the family of H. Guy Kump, a prominent attorney and the 19th Governor of West Virginia. Kump was in office from 1933 to 1937 and is best known for his work promoting public education and working with the federal government to promote public works projects throughout the state during the Great Depression.
The Kump House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Today it is owned by the City of Elkins.
Professional development for educators
Good citizenship development of children and youth
Sustainability activities and studies
Heritage education and cultural tourism
Board of Directors
The Kump Education Center is governed by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors. Directors include individuals with varied backgrounds but are all committed to the KEC mission.
K. J. Shaffer
Executive Director: Dr. Heather Biola is a professional teacher educator with an extensive educational background in classroom instruction, curriculum design, and program development. An experienced grant writer, Dr. Biola understands needs analysis, project program design, administration, and follow-up analysis and evaluation. She has supported student teaching and new teacher entry into the educational system.
Administrative Assistant: Denise Hass
Communications /Environmental Education Specialist: Nanci Bross-Fregonara
Kump House Endowment Trust Board of Directors
Jerry Marco, Mayor, City of Elkins
Chris Wood, President, Davis & Elkins College
Michael Parker, Prosecuting Attorney, Randolph County
Michael Riggleman, Senior Magistrate, Randolph County
Dr. Peter Vial, Minister, Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church
WHAT WE DO
The Kump House preservation work utilizes a 10-year plan developed by the Mills Group recognizing that the KEC is an adaptive reuse of the property which includes the house and about 6 acres.
Designed by Washington D.C. architect Clarence Harding
Built in 1925 by T.R. Whiteman of Elkins
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983
Completely furnished with all furnishings original to the house
Workshops have been offered on historically appropriate restoration techniques
Heritage Apple Orchard and Elkins Tree Board Nursery
The Kump House property provides many opportunities for hands-on learning and supports tree-planting initiatives throughout the city of Elkins. We have:
Heritage apple tree orchard
Workshops on pruning and grafting
Children’s Fun Walk winds its way through the apple orchard
Plans to create an arboretum/exploratorium
A full tree nursery supported by the Elkins Tree Board, Friends of Trees and WV Division of Forestry, Urban Forestry
Wetlands Nature Walk
Part of the Kump property are wetlands that offer many conservation and programming opportunities.
Saplings have been planted along the creek border and at the wetlands edges
A wetlands nature path has been visited by many students and planning is underway to create interpretive materials for the path and improve accessibility.
Water monitoring in the wetlands area will begin again
Thanks to the extraordinary work of naturalist Elizabeth Byers, the wetlands flora of Elkins' Kump Center is part of an international database: iNaturalist.
Summer Camp Activities
The KEC works with several groups to provide quality hands-on science curriculum. Recent summer programming with the Elkins Randolph County YMCA and the Randolph County SOLE program included tours of the wetlands and Project WILD and Project Learning Tree activities.
Targeted Tutoring Program
The Kump Education Center began a new targeted tutoring program for twenty elementary students thanks to the financial support of Citizens Bank of West Virginia. The KEC is offering ten weeks of afterschool tutoring on basic math and reading skills, which will help prepare fourth and fifth-grade students for year-end testing. Trained tutors provide one-on-one assistance to students whom their teachers recommended. The tutoring takes place in the Altice Learning Lab at the Kump Education Center.