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Future of historic Evansville home a mystery

On the corner of Wedeking and Herndon in Garvin Park sits the Gresham House.

It may not look like much from the outside, but it was actually home to the mother of first American soldier to be killed in WWI.

The future of this significant piece of U.S. history is now unclear.

In the attic of the Gresham House, is a steamer trunk.

As the Evansville Museum curator and the director or Parks and Recreation came to pick up what they thought was the last significant artifact Thursday morning, they made another interesting find.

"That's why it's good to have somebody who's with a museum or knows antiques or artifacts," says Denise Johnson, director of Parks and Recreation.

They found an original ice box.

"It's in really good shape," says Johnson.

It's just the latest of the fascinating WWI era antiques the Parks and Recreation Department has been transporting to the Evansville Museum while they renovate the building.

Just last week they discovered a flag.

"It was the flag that draped Gresham's coffin when he was laid to rest here in Evansville," says Tom Lonnberg, curator of history at the Evansville Museum.

All these priceless artifacts will now be at the museum.

Once the Gresham Home is patched up and restored, the next step is not clear.

"We've got some people interested in getting a place with either a historical preservation society, perhaps a veterans organization," says Johnson.

Whose hands the building will end up in is still a mystery for now.

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