Nome Schoolhouse has long been a fixture of our community, although it was shuttered for decades. My partner Chris Armbrust and I chose this incredible building for restoration because we believed in its mission and importance.
We’re humbled to announce that the National Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized our endeavor! We’ve received one of three Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards. This prestigious honor goes to organizations that have forged strong communities and preserved their heritage by reusing historic buildings
That’s certainly been our aspiration at Shepherd Industries. In addition to restoring the Nome Schoolhouse, we’ve made it a hub for education, creativity, and celebration. We strived to build a place where people could express their industrious spirit of independence and pursue their passions — while deepening their connection to their community.
The Driehaus Awards specifically recognize the stewards of historic buildings who honor their legacy in pursuit of a better future. We’re so proud to have done this with the Nome Schoolhouse, bringing together artists, shepherds, and creative minds in one beautiful place. While Nome Schoolhouse isn’t just for kids anymore, it’s still a vibrant place of learning.
It feels amazing to know that we’ve upheld the Schoolhouse’s mission and given our community a place that’s both historically significant and innovative. The National Trust’s slogan is “save the past, enrich the future,” and Chris and I are so honored to have fulfilled that mission with Nome Schoolhouse!
And of course, we could not have achieved this award without our thriving community…
…from the fiber arts who attend our retreats and sell their wares at our Nomecoming fair…
…to the Nome Schoolhouse alumni who gather for reunions…
… to the educators and students who learn and create at Nome Eweniversity.
At Nome Schoolhouse, we’re committed to ingenuity, heritage, sustainability, and most of all, a passion for learning. It’s hard to fully express our immense gratitude to the National Trust for Preservation for honoring our mission. Many, many thanks to the National Trust as well as our extended Nome Schoolhouse family! While Nome itself is a small town, the Schoolhouse has connected us with the larger fiber arts community — a place where we can all thrive. And we could not be happier.
Come celebrate with us! You have plenty of options:
- Explore upcoming events at Nome Eweniversity.
- Join the fun virtually in the Needle Felting Academy.
- Treat yourself to some Nome Schoolhouse swag.