- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion is acquiring 120 new chairs made by Berea College students.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s office says chairs were made using locally sourced and sustainable maple wood from Daniel Boone National Forest. Berea student-artists designed, built and upholstered the chairs, one for each Kentucky county.

Governor’s Mansion Executive Director Ann Evans says the chairs are to replace ones that were used for large events. Evans says those chairs were in bad shape and unsafe.

The 100th anniversary celebration of the mansion is underway, and officials decided it was a good time to get new chairs. They were creative when it came to funding, asking each county to take part by sponsoring one of the chairs. Each county privately raised $1,000 for the project, and each chair will have a county name plaque placed on it.

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