Learn how to collect an oral history and see a demonstration with a former one-room school attendee starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 inside Liberty School at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead, located inside Nathanael Greene Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.
The “Collecting Oral Histories” program has a $10 fee to cover the cost of materials. However, 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 – will begin close to 10 a.m.
Participants will learn how to organize and record a professional oral history project for family members or individuals with a shared experience according to instructor David Burton, civic communication specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Materials on how to set up and plan and oral history as well as the MU Extension publication, “A History of Me,” will be used in the class followed by the demonstration.
“This program is open to anyone interested in putting together a collection of oral histories. This could include oral histories in your immediate family or among people with a common experience or background: fellow club members, fellow church members, residents of a nursing home,” said Burton. “Really, any person with a love of history or anyone who works with older audiences should be interested in this class.”
To register for the oral history program, visit the Greene County Extension office or contact them at 417/881-8909 or reach David Burton by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One-room school reunion
The “One-Room School Reunion” kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 17 in conjunction with the Lifestyle Expo at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead.
There will be tours of Liberty School, special exhibits highlighting one-room schools in Greene County, time to socialize with other one-room school attendees, period math quizzes, a spelling bee, and more.
Norma Tolbert, president of the Friends of Gray-Campbell Farmstead, will provide some of the instruction.
“This is the first year for the school reunion, and attendance will help determine how the reunion is offered or expanded in the future,” said Burton. “Anyone who has attended a one-room school or is just interested in this part of American history should enjoy the day.”
The 25th Annual Gray-Campbell Farmstead 1860s Lifestyle Expo will be from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 17 and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 18.
Events during the day include horseshoe pitching, seed spitting, hearth cooking, fiber arts, music and dancing, lifestyle demonstrations, children’s costume contest and tours of our historic buildings including the oldest home in Springfield.
Scheduled events include a fiddle and music jam at 11 a.m. on Saturday, a brush arbor meeting at 11 a.m. on Sunday and an apple pie baking contest at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission to the expo is free, and there are food concessions available online.
For information about Lifestyle Days, call (417) 725-4922 or visit www.graycampbellfarmstead.org.