Restoration of Shrine’s famed stained glass windows begins


GRAFTON—On Wednesday, work on the antique stained-glass windows began at the International Mother’s Day Shrine

For nearly 115 years, the International Mother’s Day Shrine has stood proudly reminding residents and guests to the area the importance of mother’s everywhere.

After over 100 years, the stunning, antique stained-glass windows have begun to show their age and are in need of major repairs.

“The stained-glass windows are in critical condition,” shared chairperson for stained glass window restoration project Virginia Paugh Wolfe. “We are having work done on one of the windows, today.”

On Wednesday, the father and son duo from Williams Stained Glass Studio, of out Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania came to the Shrine to start the process of restoring the windows.

“This will include re-leading the windows, replacing any broken glass and repairing or replacing the wood window frames, as well as replacing the exterior acrylic storm coverings on the outside of the building,” Wolfe explained.

The window being repaired on Wednesday was the one in most need, but the others are also in critical condition, according to Wolfe. 

She showed that the window being repaired has a piece of metal that holds the window together breaking off, and the others have warped glass.

The Shrine has a total of 14 windows that are 14 feet high by 11 inches wide, 11 windows that are seven and a half feet in height and 39 inches wide and one window that stands 19 feet in height and 48 inches wide will be tended to.

Wolfe explained that the total cost of the project comes in at approximately $400,000.

To help cover the cost of funding such a large project, the shrine will be completing applications for funding through historic grants, but will need to come up with matching funds, and is turning to the community.

According to Wolfe, nearly $54,000 has already been raised by the Board of Directors through the generous donations from the public contributions.

The Board of Trustees is once again looking to the community for support of their project to restore the Mother’s Day Shrine’s historic beauty.

For those wishing to contribute to the restoration of the historic and iconic building, donations may be mailed to the Mother’s Day Shrine, P.O. Box 513, Grafton, WV 26354 or may be hand delivered to the City of Grafton Finance Department, located at 1 West Main Street, Grafton.

Checks will need to be made payable to the Mother’s Day Shrine Stained Glass Window Fund.

Donors may also make contributions through PayPal at www.internationalmothersdayshrine.org, or through GoFundMe at www.gofundme.com/restore-the-mothers-day-shrine.

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