Two grants, one from Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority and one from the Kirkpatrick Foundation will aid in Rose State College’s historic preservation efforts at the home of Rubye and W.P. “Bill” Atkinson, who founded Midwest City.
Rose State College President Jeanie Webb addresses a recent officer’s luncheon during a visit by Tinker Commander Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield at the college’s Atkinson Heritage Center, formerly the home of Rubye and W.P. “Bill” Atkinson, founders of Midwest City. Photo by Kenneth Beachler.
The home, deeded to the college Foundation, is now the Atkinson Heritage Center, used by the college as a meeting and events center, as well as an historical archives. The grants will be used to repair damages from storms and other recent extreme weather conditions.
“Unfortunately, the grounds have suffered from severe droughts, floods, high winds, and erosion; and sadly, trees as old as statehood have been lost to ice and snow. Other trees and foliage will soon be lost if not rescued,” the Authority grant proposal states.
That grant is for $52,415.13. The grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, $35,000, will be used for climate control for preservation of the original contents of the home.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Rose State College Foundation Executive Director Cindy Mikeman. “The Atkinson Heritage Center is a treasure that belongs to the entire city. These grants will help preserve and reestablish the home’s surroundings to their original beauty.”
The Atkinson Heritage Center, located at N. Midwest Blvd. and N. E. 10th Street in Midwest City, is the historic home of legendary developer W. P. "Bill" Atkinson, the founder of Midwest City. The home is maintained as it was built and designed in 1955, with original furnishings and decor, and is open for tours by appointment (no charge, donations accepted).
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Thu, April 17, 2014
by Ben Fenwick