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The General Federation of Women’s Clubs Monday Club of Farmington is in the process of applying for the National Register of Historic Places for the Farmington Longhouse.

Karen Kleinberg, president of the Monday Club, asks the public for information about the Long House as part of the application process.

To provide information about the history of Long House for the nomination to be submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, contact Karen Kleinberg at [email protected] or Jessie Williams at [email protected]

“They focus on how the Long House has been used since the 1950s when the ladies of the Monday Club somehow saved it from demolition,” she said. “They go into social history to find out how they want the house listed. For that to happen, I need to know more about how the house was used.”

People have told the club about several types of events held at Long House, including a daycare or nursery school.

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“We were told it was a daycare center during the Second World War, but I learn from people who replied – I put something on Facebook – that it was more in the 1950s when it was a nursery school,” Kleinberg said. “It was during the Korean War. life.

Kleinberg mentioned that the Long House was also used at one time by the Beta Sigma Phi sorority which packaged bandages for the American Red Cross.

“We still have a big cabinet of all those bandages,” she said.

The group needs as much information as possible on any type of event held at Long House. For example, one woman told Kleinberg that she attended 4-H group meetings at the historic house.

“We wonder if there are other groups that have used the Long House,” she said. “Were there any weddings or wedding showers there? Were there baby showers or family reunions? What else was the house used for in the 1950s until today? There are many issues that many of us members are unaware of because we were not there or involved at the time.

The Long House is named after the Long family, one of the founding families of Farmington. The original section of the house was built in 1833 and has undergone several additions over the years.

Courthouse Square Historic District, East Columbia Historic District, Farmington State Hospital Cemetery No. 4, James Robinson McCormick Home, Missouri Presbyterian Orphanage, and Sheriff’s Jail and Residence of Saint-François County are already listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mark Marberry is a reporter for Farmington Press and Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3629 or [email protected]

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