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Woody Guthrie Family Home Reconstruction Project


Nineteenth Century Restorations LLC has been chosen to be the General Contractor for the Woody Guthrie Birth-home Reconstruction Project in Okemah Oklahoma. The home will be re-constructed on the very site where it stood until 1979, when the City of Okemah had it torn down. Fortunately, due to the incredible foresight of the owner of the property at that time, Earl Walker, the disassembled home was stored in a building in Okemah for all these years, waiting for a reconstruction.

Walker bought the property in 1962, and even managed to get to New York to visit Woody Guthrie in the hospital before he died to get his blessing to raise money to restore the home and turn it into a museum honoring the singer and his music. Any additional funds will go to Huntington’s Disease (HD) research. Woody blessed his endeavor, however Walker faced setback after setback for decades as many of the townspeople would hear nothing of honoring someone with alleged ties to the communist party. Sadly, Walker passed away in the early ‘90’s, having never seen his dream fulfilled

This year, Dan Riedemann, owner of Nineteenth Century Restorations LLC is deeply honored to be the General Contractor chosen to re-construct the home on its original foundation stones at the exact site where it stood when Woody Guthrie lived in the modest wood frame home. As we celebrate Woody Guthrie’s 101st Birthday, Nineteenth Century Restorations will be fundraising for the re-construction project which will be brought to the television screen by Executive Producer Scott Richardson and Through-A-Glass Productions. The show will highlight the history of the London House and it's most notable resident, Woody Guthrie. Special appearances by his son Arlo Guthrie, his sister Mary-Jo Guthrie, Jimmy LaFave, Pete Seeger, John Fullbright and many more will round-out the show as stories of Woody Guthrie, the London House, Okemah Oklahoma are told and Woody's impact on our culture is discussed. Please consider donating if you are able. If not, please contact us if you would like to volunteer labor; skilled or un-skilled, materials, or your services to this great endeavor. What a great opportunity to pay tribute to Woody Guthrie, get your business or name on television, and be involved in helping to ensure that Woody Guthrie remains in the hearts and minds of people for another century..


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