Organization hopes to improve accessibility at Nacogdoches’ Old University Building

Organization hopes to improve accessibility at Nacogdoches’ Old University Building

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The Old University Building near Washington Square is a towering presence, both physically and historically.

It was the site of a Civil War Hospital at one time,” said Betty Shinn, president of the Federation of Women’s Clubs.

A second story museum tells visitors all about it, if they can climb the steep, circular stairs.

“Many of us cannot go upstairs to the museum for health reasons,” Shinn said.

But just about everyone can ride an elevator and the proposed elevator addition will not bother the integrity of the historical value of the building at all. The actual elevator would be located in the annex. Also needed is a handicap accessible restroom to supplement the currently inadequate sole restroom on-site.

“It would be virtually impossible for someone in a wheelchair to get here,” Shinn said.

The Federation of Women’s Clubs is building a Capital Improvement Fund to make changes.

“Our goal is $300,000. We plan to apply for some matching grants,” Shinn said.

An open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and April 11 to help promote the cause.

“Tour the building, see what you can and have a cup of punch with us,” Shinn said.

You can make as many donations by contacting 936-569-7292, www.olduniversitybuilding.com and olduniversitybuilding@gmail.com

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