Oral History Festival and One-Room School Reunion Added to Lifestyle Days Event in Springfield
The 2016 Gray/Campbell Farmstead Expo celebrates its 25th year on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. Organizers will recreate pioneer living experiences, including activities and displays centered around one-room Liberty School and other authentic buildings that were crucial to the settlement of Springfield, including the oldest house in the area.
Visitors will have a unique opportunity to walk the Kickapoo Edge Prairie as it was at the time the Grays and Campbells settled Springfield – along with seven slaves who certainly helped develop the homestead 160 years ago. The event is entirely free.
You can also discover how to collect an oral history and see a demonstration with a former one-room school attendee starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. To register for the program, visit the Greene County Extension office or contact them at 417-881-8909 or reach David Burton by email at email@example.com.
The “Collecting Oral Histories” portion of the class begins at 9 a.m. and there is a $10 fee to cover the cost of materials. The first 25 people to pre-register will receive a Gray-Campbell Farmstead T-shirt. The interview portion of the program — with a former one-room school attendee — begins at 10 a.m.
The “One-Room School Reunion” kicks off at 11:30 a.m. in conjunction with the Lifestyle Expo. There will be tours of Liberty School, special exhibits highlighting one-room schools in Greene County, an opportunity to socialize with other one-room school attendees, period math quizzes, a spelling bee, and more.
The farmstead is one of the oldest destinations in adjoining Nathanael Greene and Close Memorial Parks. Part of the experience is the Kickapoo Edge Prairie, just what John Polk Campbell Campbell would have been seeking at the original homestead occupied by the Campbell family from 1860’s to the 1950’s. The home was moved to Nathanael Greene Park in 1984 when the Kansas and James River Expressways were built.
The expo includes artisans demonstrating the very techniques and pastimes that sustained the original settlers, from flat bread, popped corn and cookies on an open hearth cooking fire to quilt-making, dancing and even Sunday morning outdoor church services and a pie contest.