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Fredericks house sale, auction of contents to benefit LHU students

LOCK HAVEN — Samuel H. and Dr. Carol Fredericks loved everything about Lock Haven University and they supported the university for many years and in many ways, some that will live on for years to come.

One of the most beautiful gifts from the couple is The Fredericks Family Guest House located at 55 W. Main St., in Lock Haven.

The guest house, where Sam and Carol lived for many years, has become the talk of the town in recent weeks as the three-story Victorian structure built in 1888 was put up for sale.

Sam and Carol donated their home to the Lock Haven University Foundation in 1993 to be used as a guest house for distinguished visitors to the University.

Sam died in 1999 and with Carol’s death earlier this year, the Foundation has sold the house, and its contents will be sold at auction on Saturday, April 17.

All the proceeds from the sale of the house and its contents will go to the Foundation to be used for student scholarships and other programs to benefit students of the university.

The three-story house is decorated with original 19th and early 20th century furnishings and artwork. The house is considered to be an important part of the city of Lock Haven’s architectural heritage and is featured in the book “Historical Lock Haven, An Architectural Survey,” published by the Clinton County Historical Society.

Although details of it’s sale have not been disclosed, The Express has learned that a local couple with a child will be the next family to move into the stately historic home.

With the home sold, the Foundation is now preparing for an auction to sell the contents of the house, many of which are as historical and unique as the home itself.

The auction will be held on Saturday, April 17, at 9:05 a.m. Auctioneer Harry Schenck said the sale will be a walk-through auction on the premises. A preview of contents to be sold will be held Friday, April 16, when the public is invited to see the items, which include a Steinway piano, Victorian furniture, early trunks and suit cases filled with photographs and books, furniture, lamps, glassware, artwork, antiques and collectibles… and many more fascinating historical artifacts.

There’s a lot of interest in the auction, which is just one of many programs and events through the years that have helped to provide an education to hundreds of young people at Lock Haven University.

“Donors, like the Fredericks have been wonderful ambassadors and advocates for Lock Haven University and our students,” said Joseph T. Fiochetta, vice president for University Advancement at LHU, who works in collaboration with the LHU Foundation Board of Directors on its philanthropic programs and activities.

“Donors like the Fredericks provide the critical resources necessary to help make an LHU education affordable. It is through the generosity of alumni, parents, friends, corporate partners, and the community that the Foundation is able to elevate the university and provide current and future students with the necessary funds to assist with their education. Philanthropy comes in many forms and whether it is a gift through your will, a gift of real estate or stocks, a distribution from a retirement account, or an outright gift — every dollar we raise directly impacts the programs and scholarships that our students need to receive an affordable, quality education,” Fiochetta said.

“Our donors are the reason we are able to help so many and we are thankful for all their help. The Foundation’s goal is to encourage investment in the University, its mission, goals and programs in support of student success,” Fiochetta said.

“The proceeds from the sale of the Fredericks house and auction will go to support student programs and scholarships. There are hundreds of academic and athletic areas to support,” he said.

“Last year, more than 550 students received nearly $700,000 in scholarship support, and yet there is still a tremendous amount of need unmet.

“It’s people like Sam and Carol Fredericks and their love of giving that enables more and more students to become successful,” Fiochetta said, encouraging anyone interested in becoming a donor to contact him at the LHU advancement office at 570-484-2083 or email advancement@lockhaven.edu.

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