2012-06-07 / Local & State

Summer Exhibits At Fulton House

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One of many paintings of Elmer Carpenter’s on display at the Fulton House. One of many paintings of Elmer Carpenter’s on display at the Fulton House. Summer exhibits at the Fulton House include a large display of Girl Scout artifacts and a large collection of paintings and artwork by Elmer Carpenter, a late resident of Crystal Springs.

Founded in 1912 by Juliette Low, the Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary. Longtime Girl Scout leader Marie Shimer has shared a large and interesting display of memorabilia. Included are handbooks, project books, uniforms and caps from Brownies through adults, camping photos, activity books, badges, patches, pins and posters of worldwide uniforms. The Talus Rock Council in Johns-town has also provided uniforms and books.

Elmer Carpenter was born in West Virginia in 1910 into a Seventh-Day Baptist family. He died in 2005 at the age of 95. He led an interesting and varied life. In his early years he worked in the steel mills, was a postal worker and served in the U.S. Navy. He attended Salem College and West Virginia University. He was a caregiver for the love of his life and mother of his seven children through 20 years of Alzheimer’s disease


A painting by Elmer Carpenter that is on display at Fulton House. A painting by Elmer Carpenter that is on display at Fulton House. He began dairy farming at Crystal Springs in 1950. His real love was dairy cattle, and he developed a top-producing Red herd in the 60s by crossbreeding numerous dairy breeds. He was a charter member of the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association (RWDCA) and played a major role in the development of the association.

His second love was painting, and many of his paintings are in the homes of Red breeders or former Red breeders. He was talented, and many of his paintings were donated and sold to benefit the RWDCA.

On display in the Fulton House are 26 oil paintings of snow scenes, churches, farm scenes, with Red cattle, portraits, rural scenes and a variety of other subjects.

At age 90 he began a walk across the country for campaign reform. He logged 835 miles before an achilles tendon injury ended his trek in Alabama.

The Fulton House is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Labor Day. During the Strawberry Festival, it will be open both Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Historical Society’s annual publications, new cookbooks and new DVDs of centennial celebrations will

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