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Phi Alpha Theta members work at Grand Opening of Providence House at Casey Jones Village

Oct 10, 2012

Three members of Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society participated in the “Grand Opening” of the Providence House at Casey Jones Village in Jackson on October 10, 2012. Caitlin Roach and Savannah German, the chapter’s president and vice president in 2011-2012, wore period dresses to welcome people to the house following an outdoor inauguration program, while Patricia Dawson, Delta-Psi’s current secretary, played the flute in a flute/harp duo in one of the house’s rooms.

The Providence House was built in the 1830s in Trenton, Tennessee, and was moved to Casey Jones Village in 2010, at which time a major effort was undertaken to restore the house to its original beauty. Members of both the Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and the Rutledge Honorary History Club were among the history department faculty and students who worked there in November, 2010, as a part of Union University’s “Campus and Community: A Day of Remembrance and Service.” The inauguration on October 10 celebrated the completion of the restoration project.


Mr. T. Clark Shaw (standing by the Tennessee flag), the chief executive officer of Casey Jones Village in Jackson, welcomes guests to the Village's Providence House following an inauguration ceremony on October 10, 2012.


Phi Alpha Theta member Caitlin Roach, working as a volunteer hostess, talks to a guest in the Providence House at Casey Jones Village in Jackson on October 10, 2012.


Phi Alpha Theta member Patricia Dawson (left) plays the flute in a flute/harp duo in one of the rooms of the Providence House during the "Grand Opening" of the facility on October 10, 2012. Mrs. Sheila Mitchell-Hart is playing the harp.


Phi Alpha Theta members Savannah German (left) and Caitlin Roach stand with General Ulysses S. Grant, portrayed by Dr. E. C. Fields, Jr., on the deck of the Providence House on October 10, 2012.


Union alumnae Caitlin Roach (left) and Savannah German stand with Dr. David Thomas at the Providence House during a reception following the inauguration of the facility at Casey Jones Village in Jackson on October 10, 2012.


Mrs. Juanita Shaw (left), the special projects manager at Casey Jones Village and wife of Village CEO Mr. T. Clark Shaw, stands with Phi Alpha Theta members Savannah German (center) and Caitlin Roach in the Providence House, where they served as hostesses at the facility's "Grand Opening" on October 10, 2012.


Phi Alpha Theta member Patricia Dawson prepares to leave the Providence House at the end of the "Grand Opening" for the home at Casey Jones Village on October 10, 2012.


A large group of attendees at the "Grand Opening" of the Providence House at Casey Jones Village in Jackson enjoy conversation and food on the deck of the newly restored home on October 10, 2012.