Chair, Virginia Carter
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The Events Committee plans, coordinates and implements SPA's quarterly meetings and holiday party.
March 2013 Quarterly Membership Meeting
March 2012 Quarterly Meeting
March 2012's Quarterly Meeting was held at Campbell House in Browne's Addition - thanks to a delightful invitation from the MAC.
Amasa Campbell hired renowned Spokane architect Kirtland K. Cutter to design his new home in Browneís Addition. Campbell, a bold mining venturer, chose a picturesque English Tudor Revival dwelling. Cutter provided the Campbells with a handsome exterior of stucco, sandstone, brick and heavy timbers. The large main house, an offset service wing, and adjacent carriage house were carefully designed to suit their particular functions.
The first floor, on two levels, provides a sense of drama. To the right of the dark wood-paneled entry hall is a light, gilded French reception room where Grace Campbell received her visitors. To the left, the libraryís dark wooden beams and inglenook fireplace provided a cozy atmosphere for informal evenings at home. Four steps lead to a large dining room with a fireplace surrounded by blue and white Dutch tiles. A deep veranda around the back of the house affords a view of the Spokane River below. Other features include a masculine ďden,Ē or game room, well-planned service areas, and four upstairs bedrooms.
Following Grace Campbellís death in 1924, Helen Campbell (then Mrs. W.W. Powell) gave the house to the Eastern Washington State Historical Society in memory of her mother. Campbell House became a community museum, with historical and art exhibits. After a new museum building opened in 1960 on the Campbell House east lawn, the house began a return to its former ďAge of Elegance.Ē From 1984-2001 a formal restoration project impacted all elements of the Campbell House complex: structures, landscape, interior design, technological systems, and furnishings. Today Campbell House operates as a house museum interpreting life at the turn of the 20th century.
June 8th 2010
The Historic Dodd House
Have you ever wondered where Fatherís Day originated? Who created it? when and why? This June 2010 marks the 100th celebration of Fatherís Day, now a national holiday which is observed in America and around the world every year. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd is the Spokane resident who founded Fatherís Day.
Born in 1882 in Arkansas, seven year-old Sonora Louise Smart travelled on a wagon train with her family to farmland just west of Spokane. When she was 16, Sonoraís mother died, leaving Sonora, five young children, and her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, to survive the rigors of farm life. Sonora helped her father raise her younger siblings and never forgot her fatherís love, courage, and devotion to his family.
By the time Motherís Day dawned in May 1909, Sonora Louise Smart had become the wife of Spokane businessman John Bruce Dodd, the loving mother of John ďJackĒ Bruce Dodd Jr. (the Doddís only child), and a woman with an idea that would touch the lives of millions of people throughout the world. Sitting in Central Methodist Church in 1909 in downtown Spokane on Motherís Day Sunday, Sonora thought of her father who had taken on the difficult role of both father and mother after her mother died, and decided that fathers deserved recognition just as much as mothers did. A year later in June 1910, Sonora had developed an idea she called ďFatherís Day,Ē which she created in honor of her father. Sonora discussed the idea with her minister, met with Spokane clergy of the Ministerial Alliance of Spokane and leaders of the Spokane Young Menís Christian Association (YMCA), and suggested that all fathers be honored on June 5th, which was her fatherís birthday. Spokaneís Ministerial Alliance liked the proposal but felt Spokane ministers would not have enough time to prepare special father-honoring sermons before June 5th of that year. They instead designated the third Sunday in June as Fatherís Day.
The first Fatherís Day sermon was given at the Centenary Presbyterian Church in Spokane (now Knox Presbyterian) on June 19, 1910, and after that sermon, Sonora began her campaign to promote the idea of Fatherís Day. Her idea of honoring fathers became her lifeís work and eventually led to a proclamation signed in 1972 by United States President Richard Nixon which made Fatherís Day an official American holiday observed each year on the third Sunday of June. The historic Dodd House is a special place in Spokane as the home where Sonora lived from 1913 to 1950, and where she worked tirelessly to spread her idea of Fatherís Day. Historically and architecturally significant, the John Bruce & Sonora Smart Dodd House is listed on the Spokane Register and the Washington State Heritage Register, and will be reviewed in Washington DC for listing on the National Register in 2010, the centennial year for the celebration of Fatherís Day.
We also participate in helping with other SPA related events such as our yearly auction and fund-raiser. In the past we have coordinated celebrations for momentous events such as the grand re-openings of the Monroe Street Bridge, the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens and more. It is a fun and gregarious group of folks that take turns helping out at the various events.
March 2010's Quarterly Meeting was at the historic Roy & Sylvia Stone House, located in the Rockwood National Register Historic District
. The Stone House was designed by G. A. Pehrson (Chronicle, Davenport Hotel, Paulsen Building) and built in 1938 for Sylvia & Roy Stone, who owned and operated at different times a number of food stores and grocery markets throughout Spokane. The current owners of the Stone House are Frank & Judy Hundley who updated/restored the property in 2009, and were pleased to invite you to enjoy their home. The historic Stone House is a fine example of the Colonial Revival style and includes an attached garage, a ďnewĒ idea in 1938 when the house was built and a feature that has hugely impacted the scale of domestic architectural design during the last 75 years.