February 19, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Petura, 509/335-1980, petura@wsu.edu
NEWS CONTACTS: Robert Bauman, 509/372-7249 or Carol Stape, 509/372-7366
        TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Research by Washington State University at Tri-Cities students on Richland's historic "alphabet homes" will be the topic of a public presentation at 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Richland Library.
        The presentation, sponsored by the City of Richland Community Development Department and the Richland Historical and Neighborhood Revitalization Subcommittee, will be in the library's Doris Roberts Gallery.
        Carol Stape, a junior humanities major, will present the work she did with fellow students Chis Reick and Greg Scanlan in a public history course taught by Robert Bauman. The team evaluated the feasibility of establishing an historic district for these World War II era homes with the National Historic Register.
        During their project, the City of Richland asked the students to aid the city in its own assessment and to complete some of the forms needed for placement on the National Historic Register, Bauman said.
        "These students were able to gain valuable hands-on public history experience and also provide a valuable service to the local community," he said.
        According to Stape, G. Albin Pehrson designed the homes to meet the needs of a community of some 5,000 people who were arriving quickly in Richland to work on the Manhattan Project during World War II.
        "The homes are of significant historical importance for this community," said Stape, a 21-year resident of Richland. In addition to being a student, she works at WSU in the Center for Teaching and Learning.
        The homes are now 50 years old or older, and make up an important part of the older neighborhoods in Richland, Stape indicated.
        "Pehrson is recognized for his sensitivity to the needs of the families living in the homes as well as to environmental conditions such as our summer heat," she said.


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