Michael Paschall


rtist Dot Bardarson reflected on a past visit to the Jesse Lee home and shared some of her artwork inspired by the home. Bardarson says she had been in the home several times before it was fenced and inaccessible.

The home, which served as a home for children and was heavily damaged in the 1964 earthquake, has recently been demolished.

Bardarson says she took her grandchildren there to admire the beautiful construction of the building, especially the auditorium.

“I'd taken my grand-children through it to give them a sense of history and to know something about Seward's past.” Bardarson wrote in an email to the Journal.

She says while there, “I envisioned orphan children running through the halls to the cafeteria or their next class.” Taking those thoughts, she let her imagination take over and tell her story of those children leaving after the 1964 quake, never to return.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Seward Journal and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@sewardjournal.com.


Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.