- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) - A nonprofit group has been formed in eastern Oklahoma to save the Kerr Mansion near Poteau.

Friends of the Kerr Mansion Inc. has been meeting for the past few months to come up with ideas to save the mansion, which once served as home to U.S. Sen. Robert Kerr.

Kerr died of a heart attack in 1963. His family donated the 11,000-square-foot home and 40-acre property to the Oklahoma State Board of Regents in 1978, and Carl Albert State College took over operations and maintenance a year later.

Last year, the property closed to the public after Carl Albert regents voted to not assume ownership.

The Southwest Times Record reports (https://bit.ly/1m26AjW ) that the nonprofit group plans to hold fundraisers and apply for grants to help restore and update the property.

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