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Title UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 61. Pioneer Log Cabin
Creator WKU Archives
Description Images of the Pioneer Log Cabin.
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Print, Photographic
Admin / Biog History Date Built - 1939
Cost of Construction -
Architect - Brinton Davis

History - The cabin was built on the Kentucky Building grounds. The cabin had a “shaker roof”, along with large rooms and fireplaces. Originally, the front room of the cabin was to be a museum, and the other rooms were to be used by the caretakers. The project failed because of lack of funds and there was no practical way to heat the cabin. The year after it was completed the College Heights Foundation and the Alumni Office moved in. In 1940 the cabin became a faculty residence.

“The pioneer log cabin is only a model of the buildings used in Kentucky in earlier years. It was prepared as a home for the care-taker of the Kentucky Building and gardens, with one room reserved for exhibition purposes. In planning it, those in charge felt that a typical log cabin would be appropriate in the setting of an old-fashioned garden and, at the time, show the people of today the type of building in which our ancestors lived.” [Letter from Gayle Carver to L.C. Everard, April 3, 1939] The cabin was constructed of popular logs which were taken near the birthplace of Henry Cherry.

In 2003, the folk studies program converted the log cabin into a center to house its outreach programs and to provide a venue for cultural events. [Cabin to House Cultural Program, Nov. 20, 2003]

In 2004, the cabin was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additions - 1988 - the cabin was remodeled
System of Arrangement Images are arranged alphabetically and numerically.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Search Terms Pioneer Log Cabin (WKU)
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Related Materials Images with UA1C2.60 prefix
Catalog Number UA1C2.61
Copyrights Check individual images for copyright restrictions.
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Credit line WKU Archives
Extent 2 folders, oversize, 1 negative
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA1C2
Level of Description Subseries
Disciplines Photography
Containers Pioneer Log Cabin
Pioneer Log Cabin
Pioneer Log Cabin