Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Two Springfield-Area Historic Schools to Celebrate Milestones with Special Celebrations Sept. 20 and Sept. 21

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909
E-mail: burtond@missouri.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Two historic one-room schools – one in Springfield and the other near Marshfield – will celebrate significant milestones on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 respectively.

University of Missouri Extension is helping to promote these events because both historic schools are members of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance.

“Interest in protecting and recognizing and restoring one-room schools in Missouri is growing and gaining national attention,” said David Burton, civic communication specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “The goal of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance has always been to work with groups and owners to maintain these historic buildings and develop them as rural community centers.”


A “Flag Raising and Ribbon Cutting” will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 20 for Liberty School located in the Gray-Campbell Farmstead at Nathanael Greene Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield. The grand opening is part of the two-day “1860’s Lifestyle Exposition” taking place at the farmstead on Sept. 20-21.

This summer, portions of Liberty School were moved and incorporated into a restoration project that added a reconstructed Liberty School to the farmstead. The one-room school is now going to be used to depict the educational heritage of this region to visitors.

“Many years of fundraising and planning have led up to this day.  Some of those who worked diligently on this project will not be here to share this moment, but we want to recognize their support and honor our forefathers who laid the groundwork for our education at this special event,” said Norma Tolbert, chairman of Saving Liberty.

The maintenance of the school and future programming requires continued support. More information about the Liberty School project, including a fundraising brochure, can be found online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene under the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance.


The 100th Anniversary of Greenwood School (a one-room school near Marshfield) will be celebrated starting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Items from the one room school, like books, maps, desks, pictures and newspapers clippings from past years will be on display. B# Entertainers will provide music dating back 100 years, and the celebration will feature children's games from 100 years ago.

This community celebration will also include special one-minute talks from people who attended a one-room school as a young child. There will be light refreshments and horse/buggy rides. Be sure to bring your friends and neighbors and a lawn chair.

Greenwood school is located at 1377 Greenwood Rd, Strafford, Mo. (which is the corner of Greenwood and Whispering Oaks Road in Webster County). For more information visit the school online at https://www.facebook.com/www.greenwoodcommunityclub


Membership in the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance is opened to local history enthusiasts and owners of one-room schools in the state of Missouri. A membership fee of $40 covers the cost of a quarterly newsletter as well as other educational resources, programs, networking and email blasts. Membership fees also make planning for future programs and resources possible.

More information about the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, including a membership form, can be found online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene. The website also includes the mission and vision of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance.


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