The woman whose search for a higher and better use for her Jefferson County, West Virginia, farm became the genesis of the world's foremost center for conservation training will be honored in April with the hanging of an oil painting in her memory on the campus of the National Conservation Training Center. Jessie M. Hendrix (1914-2008), who joined with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to transform her "Springwood" farm into a 538-acre campus that trains natural resource professionals, will be remembered in April on the second anniversary of her death. "I'm the luckiest person on earth to have sold my farm to you," Mrs. Hendrix remarked in 2007 on the occasion of NCTC's 10th anniversary. A road designated as "Captain Hendrix Drive" on the NCTC campus honors her husband, Charles N.G. Hendrix, a famed World War II submarine captain. The new oil portrait of Mrs. Hendrix, depicted sitting on the steps of her 250-year-old colonial-era farmhouse, was created by Kristin Simanek, an NCTC graphic designer and a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.
-- published --
March 23, 2010
-- photo credit --
Gregory R. Staley
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