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"Farmstead" documentary premieres at the Granada

History came alive on the big screen on Tuesday, Oct. 15. "A Welsh Farmstead" premiered at the Granada, and approximately 200 people attended the event.

The documentary featured the Howe House and the family behind the famous Emporia structure. The film chronicled when the Howe family settled in Kansas from Wales and built their home, to when the house was willed to the Lyon County Historical Society.

After the film, there was a panel discussion with some community members who helped maintain the Howe House, and some who knew the Howe family. John G. "Jack" Atherton was one of them.

Atherton distinctly remembers Charlotte Howe-Wilson, one of three Howe sisters, from the time she was a librarian at junior-high school, while he was a student there. That was back in 1938.

So what does Atherton think of the movie?

Atherton says the family's Welsh heritage had a role to play in the preservation of the house. He hopes future generations will help to preserve the Howe legacy.

Another interesting piece from the film was the segment about the mine in New Mexico named "Emporia." Robert Howe went prospecting for gold and silver for several years, before returning to Emporia to be with his family. The mine stayed in the family, and while it is now inactive, it continues to provide some riches to the area.

A trust located in Emporia receives a monthly royalty check from a Canadian company which owns the mine. That money is turned into a scholarship fund Sierra County, New Mexico. The $500 scholarship is available to recently-graduated high school seniors in Sierra County, one of the poorest areas of New Mexico.

The house and property are currently in need of some tender loving care, in both financial and physical labor form. Tours of the Howe House are available by appointment. For more information, call 340-6314.

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