At the end of that blog, I offered to help Hopewell sort through their historical chaff and find the wheat.
The fact is, at this point I’d be willing to donate my services (gratis), to help this small town (just outside of Richmond) get their Sears-home story straight. But I have a sneaking suspicion that this enticing offer may not be accepted.
A few years ago, I wrote a couple of letters and emails (yes, both) to some folks in Hopewell, making this same offer. I never heard a peep. Not a “Thanks, but no,” not a “we’re not interested,” or even a “Go to hell, Rosemary Thornton.”
Honestly, I would have preferred to hear something, rather than nothing.
In case anyone from Hopewell is reading this, I can tell you, I know a little something about Sears Homes. Here’s a short bio I use with the media:
Rose is the author of several books on early 20th Century kit homes. Rose and her work have been featured on PBS History Detectives, A&E’s Biography, CBS Sunday Morning News, MSNBC, NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC Radio. In print media, her story has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, L. A. Times, Dallas Morning News, Christian Science Monitor and more.
Sounds darn good, doesn’t it?
So what can I do to help Hopewell correct their boo-boos?
I don’t know.
In the meantime, below is the “re-do” of a blog that was a personal favorite of mine. The idea was the brainstorm of Rachel Shoemaker, who loves both music and kit homes, and found a delightful way to blend the two topics.
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One of the houses above is different from the others.
If you guessed the brick house with the metal casement windows, you’re right!
For some time, Hopewell was promoting a brochure (showcasing a driving tour of alleged kit homes in Crescent Hills neighborhood) that identified this brick house as a Sears Dover.
But oh noes!! That’s not a Sears Dover!
The other three houses (the three that look just alike) are the Sears Dover.
More recently, Hopewell has modified this statement and now claims that this brick house is a Sears Maplewood.
Let’s see how that works.
Thanks to Rebecca Hunter for the use of her photograph above (the blue Maplewood). You can visit Rebecca’s website here.
If you’re from Hopewell, and you’d like to take up Rose on her offer, please leave a comment below.
If you’re not from Hopewell and you THINK they should take up Rose on her offer, please leave a comment below.
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