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Updated: Jul 11, 2022

June 8, 2022



ELKINS – The Kump Education Center will be hosting a special summertime Open House weekend, June 25-26, from 2-5 p.m. at the Gov. Kump House in Elkins. The two-day event is themed “Something Old, Something New” and will feature vintage family wedding gowns, memorabilia, and new interpretive displays.


The event will be the first time Edna Scott Kump’s 1907 and Peggy Kump Roberts’ 1936 wedding gowns will be on formal display along with other early 1900s wedding items. The home will be decorated with a wedding touch, and an Eleanor Roosevelt reenactor will be having tea in the newly built outdoor pavilion on the house grounds at 3 p.m.


The displays focus not only on family weddings but also on the historical significance of the site and the legacy of Gov. Kump, one of the most influential governors of the state.


“This will be our first of what we hope will be many Open Houses at the Kump House,” said Heather Biola, executive director of the Kump Education Center. “There is great significance to the overarching “Kump House at the Crossroads” theme of the minigrant: the house is at a major crossroads of several significant roads; Governor Kump served during a very transitional Depression to New Deal period of West Virginia history; and the brides were on their way to new stages of their lives.”


Admission to the event is free, but donations are highly encouraged. Limited parking will be available behind the Kump House, located on Randolph Ave., Elkins, and in the Kroger parking lot across the street.


The displays and event are partially funded by a West Virginia Humanities Council mini-grant. The WV Humanities Council is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities.


The Humanities Council budgets over $800,000 for grants and programs each year. A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming. Major grants are designed for projects requesting over $1,500 and up to $20,000 and are awarded twice annually. Mini-grants, designed for projects requesting $1,500 or less, are awarded four times per year. The next Humanities Council mini-grant deadline is October 1, and the next major grant deadline is September 1.


For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program, contact Humanities Council grants administrator Erin Riebe at (304) 346-8500 or via email at riebe@wvhumanities.org. Grant guidelines and applications are available on the Humanities Council website, www.wvhumanities.org.


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Linda Silva, left and Denise Hass, right, prepare the wedding gowns displays which will part of the “Something Old, Something New” Open House at the historic Gov. Kump House Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26 from 2-5 p.m. New interpretive exhibits, a recently built outdoor pavilion and an Eleanor Roosevelt reenactor will also be featured. The event is free, but donations are encouraged.


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MAY 23, 2022


ELKINS – The West Virginia Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, recently announced that the Kump Education Center (KEC) is one of 18 new mini-grants recipients in its latest round of awards. The WV Humanities Council serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities.


The $1,500 grant for “Kump House at the Crossroads,” will support the creation of new interpretive displays for the Gov. H. Guy Kump House that will focus not only on the historical significance of the site, but also the legacy of Gov. Kump, one of the most influential governors of the state

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Grant funding will also assist in a special “unveiling” weekend event, “Something Old, Something New,” that will feature Kump family wedding gowns and memorabilia as well as the new displays. The summer Open Houses are scheduled for June 25-26, 2022.


“We are pleased to receive this grant,” said Heather Biola, executive director of the Kump Education Center. “We look forward to providing more ways to share the history of this home and Gov. Kump’s political contributions. Many do not know the innovative policies he put into effect that had a positive influence on public education, state roads and easing the financial burden on WV residents hit hard by the Depression.”


An additional aspect of the project will be to have more open hours for the Kump House and encourage more visitations by students and tourist groups. “With the creation of interpretive materials, we will be able to offer a better visitor experience,” Biola said. “We appreciate the funding assistance and look forward to opening our doors more this summer.”

The Humanities Council budgets over $800,000 for grants and programs each year. A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming. Major grants are designed for projects requesting over $1,500 and up to $20,000 and are awarded twice annually. Mini grants, designed for projects requesting $1,500 or less, are awarded four times per year. The next Humanities Council minigrant deadline is June 1 and the next major grant deadline is September 1.


For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program contact Humanities Council grants administrator Erin Riebe at (304) 346-8500 or via email at riebe@wvhumanities.org. Grant guidelines and applications are available on the Humanities Council website, www.wvhumanities.org.


Updated: Jul 11, 2022

April 25, 2022


ELKINS- The Kump Education Center will hold its 12th Annual Education Research Seminar Wednesday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in the Learning Lab of the Gov. Kump House. The event is free and open to the public.


“At the Kump Education Center (KEC), we focus on what works to promote student learning and enhance teacher excellence,” said KEC Director Heather Biola. “The Annual Research Seminar highlights real life teaching experiences and findings.”


“For example, Ava Willis from Davis & Elkins College has been student teaching second graders and her research analyzes how they learn to tell time. This simple daily task requires understanding numbers and fractions that most second graders need to develop to function in their daily life.”


Another D&E student-teacher, Katie Dixon, has studied various learning modalities, she explained. “She worked with 5th-grade science students on a project called ‘Learning through Doing.’ She will explain how active engagement can improve student learning during a study unit about outer space.”


Students from a teaching methods class will describe how they plan to deal with controversial topics like Critical Race Theory in social studies. “Future teachers must learn to help students develop critical thinking skills without pushing their own personal biases,” Heather Biola said.


Two D&E faculty members will also be seminar presenters. “They will help us understand some of the important issues in teacher education for the 21st century,” she said. Dr. Danielle Riggins will discuss the problems teacher candidates experienced while the teacher education program transitioned from a traditional student teaching model to one using a new West Virginia teacher education co-teaching model. Part-time instructor Scott Biola will share his findings on the progress of implementing digital instruction within lesson planning for student teachers at D&E.


The entrance to the Learning Lab is at the rear of the Kump House. Parking is available behind the building, and attendees are asked to wear masks. For more information, contact Heather Biola, 304-637-7820.


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