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Newell Historical Society volunteerism earns prestigious award from state

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Allee Mansion in Newell was built in 1891. Many volunteers helped with the interior remodeling project over a six-month period.
The State Historical Society of Iowa has recognized the Newell Historical Society (NHS) with the Loren Horton Community Historical Society Award. The award is for outstanding use of volunteers at the Allee Mansion in Newell. The Mansion is located on the Iowa State University Research Farm one mile south of Newell.

The Newell Historical Society (NHS) members have completed six months of extensive interior remodeling of the 1891 Queen Ann Victorian Allee Mansion. Wallpaper projects were finished, sheet rock and texturing completed, and 35 gallons of paint were applied by volunteers. New displays have been created with restored vintage furniture and light fixtures. Many items which have been in storage are now in place for everyone to enjoy.

"It is wonderful to have the volunteers of the NHS be recognized for their hard work by the State Historical Society. Many have spent hours painting, cleaning and restoring display items. Several carried boxes filled with the area's history down the steps of one attic and up the two flights to storage in another. They are a great group of people who care about the community's history." Marilyn Monson, NHS board member.

The Keith Carter Museum is an added attraction to the Allee Mansion this year and will have its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 4. Keith Carter traveled to over 100 countries in his life time and bequeathed the NHS funds to display many of the items he collected during his travels around the world. This collection includes oil and watercolor art work, hand woven tapestries and baskets, and fabric appliqués, as well as brass and copper coffee pots.

The NHS will be holding an open house also on Saturday, Aug. 4, with free admission, hands on displays for all ages and refreshments. All members' names will be included in a special drawing for one of three Victorian dolls. There will be antique tractors on the lawn to enjoy. The Allee Mansion and the Keith Carter Museum will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. with the museum's official ribbon cutting at 2:30. The Loren Horton Community Historical Society Award will also be present at that time. Everyone is invited to attend.

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