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Harold L. Lickey: Marshall's Music ManPosted Friday, March 1, 2013, at 11:35 AM
As a new resident, I am not aware of a lot of history in Marshall but am very interested in learning about it. I recently learned the story of a man whom many of you knew. For those of you who do not know of Harold L. Lickey, I would like to share what I have learned about his story and accomplishments. I was totally inspired and blown away when I learned of the legacy he left behind!
Harold was known as the man who always wore red converse shoes and rode his bicycle everywhere. More importantly, Harold was known as the music man. Did you know that our small town has a Philharmonic Orchestra? If it wasn't for Harold taking over, Marshall may not have had one. They are celebrating 50 years of performance, which in part was helped by Harold's hard work and dedication. Harold was and still is an inspiration to our town. His legacy reflects dedication and support for the community that needs to continue to thrive, and be revived, to keep Marshall a great place to live. How cool is it to know we have a Philharmonic Orchestra in our little farm town? I have read and watched a few documentaries of the lives of people that were affected by Harold and his contagious, caring attitude. Based on other people's stories, he was an awesome man to know. I wish I could have had the opportunity to know him personally. I am totally impressed by his character and what he did for our town! We need more Harold L. Lickey's around.
NBC's American Almanac ran a broadcast about Harold and the Philharmonic Orchestra that aired in 1985 that you can watch on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsMojuVFk.... Watch the short video to hear Harold's story; it is pretty awesome! The video isn't in HD or anything, so don't be scared away when it starts playing. It's great, but don't take my word for it. Watch it yourself.
Also, don't be shy about going to see the Orchestra; it is put together well and is still down to earth and warm and welcoming. The Orchestra is performed in the Harold L. Lickey Memorial Auditorium in Bueker Middle School. It is composed of local townspeople in a wide range of ages. Best of all, the shows are FREE to the public! How fantastic is that? Everyone is invited to attend and I highly encourage everyone to do so. What a great thing for a young child to go and see, let alone any of us. Another great perk besides watching the actual show itself is the fact that it is right here in town. Need something to do without the hassle of driving all the way to the city? Go and see Marshall's Philharmonic Orchestra. To view the schedule and for more information about the Orchestra and Harold Lickey's role in it, visit their website at: www.marshallphilharmonic.org.
Go and support it! If you love music or just want to support the local community, watch the Philharmonic Orchestra. We all need to help show support and keep this legacy alive.
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In my blog, I will highlight the historic places in Marshall and Saline County; I will discuss the square, local businesses, different groups in Marshall such as the MDC, MCC, Historic Society etc., festivals and events and highlight improvements to the city. I will also discuss the desire of residents to improve the city and its buildings and neighborhoods, among other related topics. My goal is to promote community interest in preserving the city and to also raise awareness about what the city of Marshall has to offer. I hope my blog generates positive and constructive conversation and helps to raise awareness about the great stuff we have. Since moving to Marshall almost a year ago, I have had several discussions with new and old residents of Marshall about people's desire to improve the city. It's not about expanding the city or bringing in more franchises; Marshall has a lot of small town charm that really is a hidden gem with a lot of potential. Some of the historic buildings, open farmland, great parks and local businesses, just to name a few, are what was so attractive to my family that influenced our move here. Marshall's small town, farm community atmosphere is where I want to raise my family. We moved here for a reason; this place has amazing potential to stay a great small town!