Lepanto Legion Hut listed on National Register of Historic Places

Friday, January 31, 2003

The Willie Lamb Post No. 26 American Legion Hut at Lepanto in Poinsett County is among three Arkansas properties that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country's official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Ken Grunewald announced earlier this week.

The Willie Lamb Post No. 26 American Legion Hut at 205 Alexander Street in Lepanto is a one-story brick structure built 1937-38 and designed in a simplified treatment of the Neoclassical style.

"The Lepanto American Legion Post was organized in 1928 and was officially chartered in 1929," the National Register nomination says. "The official dedication of the building took place on March 31, 1938.

The dedication speeches covered topics from Americanism to ongoing German military actions in Europe. Among the more than 300 people who attended the dedication was Mrs. Katie Lamb, the Gold Star Mother of the post. The post was named after her son Willie, who had died fighting during World War I."

"Events from dances to fund raisers have been held in the building during its time of service," according to the nomination. "Today it is still frequently used and is the host facility for the annual Terrapin Derby. The Legionnaires of Willie Lamb Post 26 are still active in the community and hope to preserve the building for the next generation of both veterans and citizens of Lepanto."

Also listed on the National Register were the Crossett Post Office at Crossett in Ashley County and the Edward L. Westbrooke Building at Jonesboro in Craighead County.

For more information on the National Register of Historic Places program, write the AHPP at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, call the agency at (501) 324-9880 [TDD 501-324-9811], send e-mail to info@arkansaspreservation.org or visit the AHPP's Internet web site at www.arkansaspreservation.org.

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state's cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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