NSU Greek life students help preserve history at Melrose Plantation

_Melrose Service Project - 2018 (1)

Students from Northwestern State University helped Melrose Plantation Facility Manager Molly Dickerson preserve the history of Clementine Hunter’s artist cabin on July 26.

Director of Greek Life Shayne Creppel and students representing Kappa Sigma, Phi Mu, Pi Kappa Alpha and Tai Sigma scraped old paint off the building and applied a fresh coat of white paint.

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN), which operates Melrose, plans to add a handicap ramp to the back of the house to make it more accessible to visitors. They will open up the front rooms in a gallery style using Clementine Hunter’s art to tell the story of her life. The back room will replicate her original painting room based on photo documentation from the wallpaper to her old paint board she used as a palette.

Creppel helped find some students who were available to do some service work over the summer. Student Body President Jacob Ellis said this a great way to give back to the community. “Part of Greek life at NSU is focusing on giving back to the Natchitoches community because it’s given so much to us,” he said.

One thought on “NSU Greek life students help preserve history at Melrose Plantation

  1. Help them raise some money to install a sprinkler system in the main house before it burns down like Kate Chopin. It is sad to drive by the ruins of the Chopin House and see the rubble due to the short sighted policies of the APHN.

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