Dwight Mission’s school house, which dates to 1917, will be renovated as the mission’s
Heritage Center. The groundbreaking for the construction will be Nov. 5.
Dwight Mission Camp and Conference Center will kick off a $2 million building project at a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 5.
Peter Newberry, Dwight Mission camp operating director, explained the project will renovate the mission’s 1917 school house into a Heritage Center.
The groundbreaking will begin with lunch at noon, followed by the groundbreaking ceremony, speakers and awards. Those attending may stay for a Day at Dwight and participate in hay rides, arts and crafts, fishing, archery and tours of the Heritage Center.
The mission is also offering a chance to extend the celebration with an overnight stay for $30 per person. The stay includes dinner, accommodations and breakfast. To take advantage of the overnight package contact the mission at 918-775-2018 or visit www.supportdwightmission.org/groundbreaking.
Newberry said the renovation of the school house has been in the works for at least 10 years. The building has three floors. Plans are to remodel the first (or basement) floor for conference rooms. The second floor will be for meeting rooms, offices and for the heritage display, and the 200-seat auditorium on the third floor will be renovated.
Newberry said, “The purpose is to bolster the conference and meeting rooms here. It will double the meeting area.”
It is hoped the renovations and additions will invite more frequent use of the camp and attract groups that, due to present limitations, the mission is unable to serve.
Newberry said it is expected the renovation and expansion will take about 10 months. Crawford Construction of Fort Smith is the contractor on the project.
The second phase of building at Dwight Mission will be a 10,000-square-foot lodge, which will be in the far future, Newberry said.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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