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Park board learns more about Battle of Marshall commemoration

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Sister of Liberty statue appears to stand guard over the Marshall Parks and Recration board meeting Wednesday, Oct. 3. Counterclockwise from left are Charlie Guthrey, Park Director Jeff Stubblefield, board President Mike Lamberson, Wayne Crawford and Nancy Kleinschmidt. The statue was stolen from her pedestal at the north entrance to the park Aug. 5 and was recovered Monday, Oct. 1.
(Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
In one year, the north entrance of Indian Foothills Park could look drastically different. The landscape won't change and recreational opportunities on that side of the park aren't being remodeled, but park officials along with members of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Marshall Committee hope to see the past come to life.

During a Marshall Parks and Recreation board meeting Wednesday, Oct. 3, board members heard the committee's prospective plans for next year's commemorative event, which includes a Civil War battle re-enactment that is scheduled rain or shine.

The committee was given a maximum effort endorsement from the Missouri Civil War Re-enactors Association.

"They have some real stringent safety rules, and they have insurance," said Eric Crump, of the Battle of Marshall committee. "They approach it very seriously, (but) they have fun, they teach people, they love it."

Board members favored having part of the commemoration in the park during the Sept. 14-15, 2013, weekend -- other events will take place on Marshall's downtown square -- but were curious how it would work logistically for visitors as a majority of the park will also be closed for Santa Fe Trail Days activities.

"I'm 100 percent behind this. This is a wonderful thing," Wayne Crawford, vice president of the park board, said. "The infrastructure issues of something like this could be pretty extensive. Parking. Transportation of people ..."

"We've already anticipated that," said Bill Westbrook, of the committee. "We're working on parking areas ... shuttle service. The only expense that a person could incur here (is) if we have to come up with a private contractor to act as a shuttle service."

The organization will have a series of Second Saturday of the month events leading up to the re-enactment. Members will have an information booth at the Heritage Craft Festival in Arrow Rock.

The launch event will kick-off the yearlong observation at Saline County Courthouse Saturday, Nov. 10. There, a Nerf cannon for kids will be available, as well as a real cannon with an artillery group Robinson Light Artillery CSA and speakers. A lecture by historian James Denny will follow in the Wood & Huston Community Room on the square. Events will begin at 10 a.m. and the lecture is scheduled at 11:15 a.m.

As committee members plan to utilitze the park, where a portion of the Battle of Marshall took place, park officials are winding things down for this year. Dale McDaniel, manager of golf operations, has a few more tournaments planned for this month, and Recreation Supervisor Lori Godsey reported work has already begun on this year's haunted house.

A financial report for the month of September reflected $82,761.28 in expenses and $131,467.91 in revenues, but according to Park Director Jeff Stubblefield, it's a bit unbalanced.

"We've still got some September bills yet to be paid," he said.

In addition to Stubblefield and Crawford, board members John Angelhow, Scott Fann, Charles Guthry, Mike Lamberson, Ronnie Hill, Nancy Kleinschmidt and Sam Untiedt were present. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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