Midwest City, Okla. – The Atkinson Heritage Center, built in 1955, was the home of the founder of Midwest City, W.P. “Bill” Atkinson. It was donated by Bill and Rubye Atkinson to Rose State College and is used for community events, birthday parties, weddings, and meetings.
Most recently, the Rose State Community Learning Center hosted a Senior Tea for its members aged 60 and up. The tea was an opportunity for those members to enjoy the home as the Atkinson family once did. Cindy Mikeman, granddaughter of Bill Atkinson, is now the Executive Director of the Rose State College Foundation. Mrs. Mikeman takes great pleasure in giving tours of the home and said, “When I take people through the house, it is such an honor to get to share grandmother and granddaddy’s home. I want to keep the history alive and let others see the home exactly as it was left.”
Rick Woodard, Director of the Rose State Community Learning Center said, “The Tea was a great gathering to connect with our Community Learning students and obtain ideas that may support their endeavors for further personal growth. We truly appreciate the support from those who attended and also welcome suggestions from the community to how we may best serve our future programming. Woodard hopes to host another tea in the future to connect the greater Oklahoma City area with this beautiful home which is a piece of Oklahoma history.
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