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September 29, 2010

Funds Support Purchase of Historic Home

EPHRAIM, UTAH —Snow College was awarded an $80,000 grant from the Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program, administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. This grant supports the purchase of a historic Ephraim home that, when renovated, will serve as the new location of the Snow College Traditional Building Skills Institute (TBSI).

A special ribbon-cutting and public open house will be held on Friday, October 8, to kick off the restoration work. Activities will include presentations of historic trades, crafts, and food from the 1870s.

Originally constructed in 1872, the home is located directly north of the Greenwood Student Center on the Snow College campus. In addition to housing the TBSI, the renovated facility will be used to showcase the work of TBSI students. Campus activities, community meetings, and other events will also take place in the house. The restoration work will be performed primarily by TBSI students and faculty. This project will produce students who are ready to start employment or their own business enterprises with a comprehensive set of building restoration skills to help meet the rising demand of the historic preservation industry.

Woody Challis, TBSI director, believes that the project house will be a great asset to Snow College, TBSI students, and the community. “This allows us an opportunity to use all of our skills right here at home and build something that will be a showpiece for TBSI and Snow College,” he said.

The purpose of the Snow College TBSI ( is to increase the availability of Utah-based craftspeople trained in traditional restoration and preservation skills. Understanding that our historic built environment enriches the lives of citizens and communities, the TBSI cultivates, preserves, and perpetuates traditional building skills in both restoration and new construction projects.

Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in the nation’s capital and 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farms, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion on loans and loan guarantees.


Information on the TBSI can be found at