As the new year begins, volunteers with the Pleasant Hill School House Museum located on state Route 213, Steubenville, report the school house property and nearby bank property were sold at absolute auction on Nov. 13.
Lonnie Williams of the state Route 213 area is the museum's new landlord and will honor the 50-year lease, according to the most recent newsletter which details future plans and offers a 2013 review.
Among the future plans is finding a little company for George Washington - that is the photo of Washington that looks lonely above the blackboard.
Construction of a handicap access ramp was among 2013 project accomplishments at the old school house.
-- Janice Kiaski
"We need a companion photo of Abraham Lincoln. One has been found, but we are in need of donations to cover the cost," the newsletter notes.
The flooring will be the next big project with Donna and John Minor volunteering to oversee the restoration. Plans are to have it completed before the May school visits.
Donations to make either project happen are tax-deductible. Checks can be made payable to Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley and sent c/o Pleasant Hill School House, 4355 Steuben Woods Drive, Steubenville, OH 43952.
Memberships also are available and can be made payable and sent to the same location. Memberships include student, $5; alumni, $10; family, $10; principal, $50; and superintendent, $100.
The year in review acknowledges several completed projects, including a handicap access ramp built by Michael Manor with the assistance of Richard Clashman. The attic was insulated at a cost of $700, representing another cost-saving improvement made thanks to Clashman, treasurer.
Also in 2013, according to the newsletter:
The May pupil visits from the classes of the now closed Pleasant Hill Elementary School were a "huge success." David Nicholson conducted the opening exercise; Joyce Zimmerman held McGuffey reading sessions; Kasey Kuntz taught old-time arithmetic problems; and Connie Crawford and Karen Lundquist ran playground games. Retired principal Clarence Virtue honored the first group with his presence, according to the newsletter, which notes plans are to do this event again come spring.