This Thursday and Friday, in Saginaw, Michigan, a group of volunteers will be hard at work on Theodore Roethke’s childhood home. There are two properties, at 1805 and 1759 Gratiot Avenue, which were for many years the home of the extended Roethke family — Roethke grew up at 1805, and returned there often as an adult, and his uncle Charles lived at 1759. The houses, which collectively make up the Theodore Roethke Home Museum, need painting, landscaping, an updating of the electrical systems, and other improvements to bring the site up to code and to restore original features.
This is the first part of a restoration project which will ensure that the museum meets the National Museum Association’s environmental and security standards, and will also allow for an expansion of the Roethke special collections holdings. Also in the works is a poetry library, which will be open to the community: Annie Ransford, President of the Friends of Theodore Roethke, said in an interview with Yfat Yossifor of the Michigan news site MLive, that she hopes “that children and adults will come sit down in an easy chair and ‘feast their eyes on it.’”
The volunteers are a combination of members of the …read more

Via: Melville House Books