Homes in the heART of Huntsville

Kellogg-Pritchett House

For the last week of heART of Huntsville, we gathered at one of the oldest homes in Huntsville: The Kellogg-Pritchett Home.

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Ms. Mary Laura Gibbs, the owner and renovator of the home, greeted us to provide a historical overview of the Huntsville landmark.

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The Kellogg-Pritchett House was built around 1890 by a Sam Houston mathematics professor, Joseph Lucien Pritchett and his wife Lenora. In its entire history–almost 130 years–it has only been lived in by two families: the Pritchetts and the Kelloggs. The Pritchetts lived in the home from 1890-1945, and the Kellogg family owned it from 1945 until William Kellogg’s death in 2004. In 2006, Ms. Gibbs bought the home to renovate and preserve its Victorian folk-art design.

The house is not in its original form. The walls of the main entrance were once covered in layers of wallpaper, but now they have been updated with a rich teal color – a staple of a Victorian home.

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The house also inhabits a water painting by Kate Pritchett which illustrated what the Pritchett farm looked like when it was first constructed. Additionally, Ms. Gibbs discovered the original rolling doors that partitioned the main entrance from the front parlor – a room which was used to host many parties.

In the next room, we found windows that extended from the floor all the way up the wall. Before air conditioning was invented, these windows were used to cool the house during the sweltering Texas summers, and it allowed the kids to roam and play outside.

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The fireplace also resides in the living room and is is lined in what looks like bathroom tiles, however each tile had a painting in blue paint that referenced a Biblical story.

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In the next room, we discovered a Lee Jamison makeover. When you walk into the room, the mural gives the illusion that you are standing under a gazebo.

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Green vinery scaled the walls, along with hidden Texas native creatures such as spiders and birds. There are also special Lee Jamison creatures such as the Lone Star Butterfly and the red, white, and blue garden snake. Mr. Jamison also showed us his painting of Café Texan at night.  The Gazebo room was a special hit for the evening…

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…and was enhanced by the artist’s presence during the tour.

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From there, we filed into the kitchen which was painted in a vibrant red and yellow. This color scheme was very popular in European countries during the Victorian era. Next, we were shown an addition to the house that served as a school house for the children. Previously, this addition to the house was utilized as a Presbyterian church and later a barn.

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This concluded our wonderful tour of the Kellogg-Pritchett Home. After thanking Ms. Gibbs for the tour, everyone made their way to the Wynne Home to settle our rising appetites.

Wynne Home: Dinner

When we arrived at the Wynne Home, we were teased by the pleasant smell of dinner. While patiently waiting our meals to be served, we enjoyed the Día de Los Muertos decorations and the tours given by Professor Yawn.

Afterwards, everyone gathered in the gallery and took an unexpected quiz to measure how much they learned over the course of the four weeks.

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Shortly after finishing our quizzes, Lee Jamison offered to give a brief overview of his F.M. 405 Exhibit. He explained that he wanted to capture the beauty of east Texas because we often fail to recognize and give reverence to the beauty that surrounds us.

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To conclude our night, and sadly heART of Huntsville, we enjoyed a lovely dinner prepared by Ms. Chasteen – A Friend of the Wynne – and left the Wynne Home with a deep appreciation for art, history, and Huntsville.

 

 

 

Rise and shine, it’s Mock LSAT time!

Saturday mornings tend to be a time to relax and sleep in. However, on this Saturday morning, for thirty- three future lawyers that would not be the case.  Every semester, for the past 8 years or so, the LEAP Center provides a free Mock LSAT for SHSU students who are considering law school.

The LSAT, an acronym for Law School Admissions Test, is a challenging exam that assesses student’s reading comprehension, logical thinking, and critical thinking skills. The offered Mock LSAT, is a full-length exam taken under timed conditions to mimic those of the real LSAT. Princeton Review, who is one of the main companies that offer LSAT Prep Courses, also provides mock exams like these to get the appropriate training for the real LSAT.

Such an intense exam should not be taken likely and may seem quite foreboding….

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But it’s actually quite user friendly.  More than anything the LEAP Center encourages students to attempt the Mock LSAT so that they can get their footing on what they need to work on and get an idea about how they would do in the real thing. The LSAT is scored from a 120-180.  Most law schools need an average of a 151 and above to get in.  It takes a lot of hard work on behalf of the student, which is why the Mock LSAT is so imperative to future law school students.

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All of this was mentioned by Ambassador Bianca, who was briefly interviewed before the exam by a Mass Communication student, Raven Cheek, for a class project.

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We hope this Mock LSAT helped students find their strengths and weaknesses before taking the actual LSAT and plan accordingly. The LEAP Center would also like to thank Michelle Bell, the proctor for the Princeton Review, for making the trip to Sam Houston.