The $2.5 million construction/renovation project provided a permanent home for Missouri State University’s growing Outreach Program on the West Plains campus. The Outreach Program offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines locally. The project was made possible with significant contributions by the Gohn family of West Plains. Long-time local banker David Gohn and his sister, long-time public educator Virginia Gohn Sapp, St. Louis, donated their family home to the University to house the Outreach Program in the summer of 2000. A major gift commitment by the Gohn family in fall 2011, coupled with funds from the Springfield and West Plains campuses, made renovations to the home and the structure’s expansion possible.
The home was built in 1928 by David and Virginia’s grandparents, B.F. and Eva Arnold Wood. The house was eventually passed down to David and Virginia’s parents, Dan and Dorothy Wood Gohn, then to David and Virginia in 1994.
A dedication ceremony was held on May 17, 2013.