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Comments written and delivered by Norma Tolbert
Thank you to Michelle Atkinson for saying a few words of introduction. She has served as President of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead board several years, I believe a couple of times. A very devoted volunteer who raised her 4 children learning and helping on the farmstead.
Today we are giving ‘New Life’ to the old Liberty School. The Saving Liberty project has been an event in the making for 6 or 7 years. I’ve been told when Betty Jane Turner led the preservation of the Gray/Campbell family home she envisioned having a one-room school at the site. Finally, in 2007 the idea was discussed by the Friends of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead board when a member of the board, Vera Chandler, suggested it would be good to add education to the 5th grade spring and fall curriculum the farmstead provides. For students this is a historic "hands on" day that coordinates with Springfield School’s history curriculum, a re-enactment of life around the 1850’s that their grandparents and great grandparents lived when they settled on the Kickapoo Prairie.