Beebe Joins Crowd To Preview Newly Restored Kays House

JONESBORO – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and former Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe joined a crowd of donors and guests for a preview reception at the newly restored Historic V.C. Kays House Thursday afternoon. The house is located at 2506 Aggie Road on the Arkansas State University campus.

The Tudor-style house includes the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites Office and will eventually host exhibits related to President Kays, Senator Hattie Caraway of Jonesboro and the early years of the university. Additionally, a re-creation of the gubernatorial office when Beebe was the 45th governor of Arkansas from 2007-15 is on the first floor.

Restoration work has been completed utilizing three Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) grants totaling $400,000, along with private donations from alumni, faculty, and friends that total almost $200,000. The Rotary Club of Jonesboro also contributed a $5,000 gift. An additional grant of $88,000 by ANCRC was awarded in May 2017 to complete the renovations.   MORE

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