On Friday, Sept. 20, the APUS ePress hosted a lemonade reception at Etter Hall to celebrate the release of the second edition of “The Big Yellow House on West Congress Street” by Carl J. Post. The hall currently serves as the headquarters for American Public University System, but it also has a long history as a landmark in Charles Town, W.Va.
Drawing on historical archives, photographs, and newspaper accounts, “The Big Yellow House” chronicles the history of Etter Hall as well as the story of Charles Town, Jefferson County, and West Virginia. During the reception, Doug Perks, president of the Jefferson County Historical Society, spoke about the architectural and institutional history of Congress Street. According to Mr. Perks, as Charles Town developed, Congress Street became the location of choice for churches, schools, and hospitals. The Yellow House is part of that history, first as a doctor’s office, then a hospital, and now as Etter Hall, the home of APUS.
In his new foreword to the second edition, Dr. Wallace E. Boston, president and CEO of APUS, explains the continuing significance of the building:
Just as the hospital originally located in the building contained heroes, so too does the building today. Whereas the first heroes were pioneers of the medical field, the heroes calling the building their academic home today are the men and women serving in our nation’s armed forces, the firefighters and police officers working to keep our communities safe, and other first responders, all of whom we are proud to call our students.
The ePress donated copies of “The Big Yellow House” to the Charles Town Library and the Jefferson County Historical Society. You may download your own free e-book copy or order a print copy for your shelves. The cost of the print edition is $15.50 plus shipping. This simply covers production costs; APUS and the ePress make no profit from sales of the book.
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