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Name Pioneer Log Cabin (WKU)
Details 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

College Heights Herald:

Cabin Nears Completion, Jan. 10, 1936, p. 1
Cabin Replica of Pioneer Home, Jan. 7, 1938, p. 2
Hoang, Mai. "Cabin to house cultural program," Nov. 20, 2003
Log Cabin Constructed Originally as Museum, Dec. 10, 1965, p. 12
Log Cabin is Near Finish, May 28, 1937, p. 4
Log Cabin to be Realistic Copy of Pioneer Dwelling, April 26, 1935, p. 1
Log House Now Being Finished, May 15, 1935
MacDonald, Margaret. "Pioneering Cabin Project Never Grew," Nov. 2, 1978
Pioneer Cabin, Civil War Fort Remind Westerners of Past, Oct. 11, 1974, p. 14B
Unique Cabin to House Kentucky Pioneer Museum, April 7, 1939, p. 3
Western Pioneer Cabin Progresses, Nov. 12, 1936
Work on Cabin is Halted by Bad Weather, Feb. 7, 1936, p. 1

Park City Daily News:

Pioneer Cabin is Completed, Nov. 14, 1939
Reels, Joyce. "Cabin Reflects History," Feb. 20, 1967
Archives Entries 16
Library Entries 0
Object Entries 0
Photograph Entries 19

Associated Records

Image of UA1B2/1/2 Mary Sample Oral History Interview - Western Kentucky University

UA1B2/1/2 Mary Sample Oral History Interview - Western Kentucky University

Interview conducted by Paula Trafton with Mary Sample regarding her time as a student, College High teacher and executive secretary to Dero Downing from 1957 to 2005.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. X, No. 14 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3740">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3740</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Advice to the Lovelorn Alumni News Athletics Class & Club Personals Society This issue contains articles: Kentucky Building Campaign Launched Western's 1935 Kentucky Education Association Breakfast Held a Success Western Players to Accept Several Members Western's Band to Participate in Derby Event What! No Poems? Ferren, Paul. Pioneer Log Cabin to Be Realistic Copy of Pioneer D

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XII, No. 7 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3750">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3750</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Athletics Society The Sport Light This issue contains articles: New Building Construction is Rushed - Cherry Hall Men's Glee Club Opens Concert Season Jan. 15 Names Omitted in Broadcast Account Amelia Earhart Will Lecture Here on Jan. 20 Bird Census Here Reveals 47 Species Library Staff Presents Radio Program Jan. 7 Graduate School Organized 1931 Volleyball and Wrestlin

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XII, No. 8 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3749">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3749</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Athletics Capitol Theatre Class & Club Personals Society The Sport Light Throbbing Hearts This issue contains articles: Schedule of Activities is Announced Men's Glee Club Makes 3 Day Concert Tour Speech Class Gives Chapel Program Diddlemen Meet Eastern Here Tomorrow Nite Students Dine with Friend of English King - John Harvis Congress Club Holds Dinner Webst

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XII, No. 9 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3748">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3748</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Athletics Personals Society The Sport Light Throbbing Hearts This issue contains articles: College Sponsors New Debate Team Talisman Sales Drive to Start within Few Days Training School Student Wins First in Amateur Contest - Tommy Smith Work on Pioneer Log Cabin Is Halted by Bad Weather College Net Tournament Here Feb. 27-29 Glenn Maxwell Is Pastor of Church at Lex

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XII, No. 10 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3747">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3747</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Athletics Personals Society The Sport Light Throbbing Hearts This issue contains articles: 1000 to Engage in Program Tomorrow - Washington's Birthday Debaters Meet Asbury Tuesday Local Speech Contest to Be Held March 2 Dean Finley Grise Delivers Principal Address Peabody Program Barren County Superintendent Succumbs - W.M. Totty McChesney, Gene. Star Is Theme of Tal

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XII, No. 18 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3760">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3760</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Athletics Class News Club News Society This issue contains articles: County Superintendents to Meet Here Shirley Ayers Takes City Tennis Halo Former Western Instructor Made College Dean - Baily Wade Pioneer Log Cabin Nearing Completion Cipolloni, Mary. Kentucky Library Given Several Valuable Gifts Freshman Days Are Planned Grimage, Eleanor. Trip to Texas Centennial I

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XIV, No. 6 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3790">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3790</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Editorials Personals Society Sports-Shorts This issue contains articles: Western Presents Broadcast at 9:30 Tonight from WSM - John Clagett Father of Librarian Succumbs on Dec. 17 - Thomas Helm ROTC Opens Rifle Competition with Indiana University Team Art Exhibit of Student Work Is Department Plan Kentucky Museum Given Box Duplicate - Cherry Hall Kelly Thompson Has Resu

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XV, No. 8 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3808">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3808</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Athletics Club Notes Decade Ago on College Heights Musical Morsels Payoff with Pay Personals Society This issue contains articles: Seventeen Seniors Complete Requirements for Degrees at Close of Fall Semester Art Exhibit Shown in Cherry Hall Ferrel Hooks Killed in Plane Crash in Texas Guy Foreman Elected to Post at Physics Meeting Normal Boulevard to Be Improved

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XV, No. 13 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3812">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3812</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Athletics Club Notes Musical Morsels Payoff with Pay Personals Society Training School This issue contains articles: Spring Term Registration Shows Increase Western Professor to conduct Trip to World's Fair - Judson Griffin George Pages and Guy Foremans Attend Physics Convention Finals Plans Completed for Kentucky Education Association Program Western Clubs Prov

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 45, No. 9 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3886">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3886</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Al Stilley on Sports Alumni News Athletics Cartoon Club Clippings Fraternities & Sororities Happiness & the College Set Hilltopics Intramural Corner On Campus Religious Activities Tops in the Social Whirl This issue contains articles: College Recognizes James Patton as Top Scholar Dr. Kelly Thompson Answers Four - The Skewer Damage to Music Building Estimated above $1

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 13 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4487">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4487</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Beshear, Steve Fletcher, Ernie Iphones Moore, Brad Ramadan Shantytown

Image of Western Kentucky University - Maupin, John

Western Kentucky University - Maupin, John

Campus master plan showing existing and proposed buildings published in the College Heights Herald. Larger version available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702</a>.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 50, No. 13 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5027">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5027</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Homecoming '74 Steen, Janet. Each Successive Homecoming is Bigger and Better Than Ever Shirley, Janet. Bob Proctor Foresees Changes in Homecoming McCoy, Morris. Homecoming Psychology Harris, Roger. Coach, Teacher, Builder L.T. Smith Left His Mark Harris, Debbie. Ogden Grads to Mark Role in WKU History Wethington, Jay. Mum is Still the Word? Harris, Roger. Campus Radio Moves Closer to Reality R

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Pioneer Log Cabin - Unknown

Pioneer Log Cabin

Image of Kentucky Building & Pioneer Cabin - Franklin Studio

Kentucky Building & Pioneer Cabin - Franklin Studio

Kentucky Building and Pioneer Cabin.

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Pioneer Cabin - Franklin Studio

Pioneer Cabin with ash hopper.

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Pioneer Cabin - Franklin Studio

Garden and Pioneer Cabin