Rotary district 5670 revisits “Home on the Range”

 
Rotary district 5670 revisits “Home on the Range”
 

Rotary district 5670 revisits “Home on the Range”

Just outside Smith Center in 1871 Dr Brewster Higley pinned the words to the song which was to later become the most famous song in the world, “Home on  the range.”
Thorough the years the local community helped preserve the cabin from which the romantic Dr  Higley lived and was inspired.
In 1954 the Rotary Club of Smith center entered the scene by over seeing the first restoration of the original cabin which still rests in its original location.  Now, 140 years after the song was published, Rotary District 5670 is standing beside the Smith Center Rotary club and helping to preserve this Historic treasure.
Rotaractors from Mcpherson College joined local Smith Center Rotarians as well as other Rotarians from the district.
Leaders included District governor elect Roger Marshall (Great Bend), Alan Ayella(McPherson Rotaract  sponsor), Smith Center Rotarian Clark Lambert, and Local Historian El Dean Holthus.
We spent the day building two bridges that allow passage over Beaver Creek. These bridges are part of the nature hike trail that is located on the 240 acre site.
The entire area is now in a trust, which will provide for a “Sustainable” project.
When questioned what they e learned on the project, Great Bend High School students Keaton Sander and Cal  Marshall replied, “ The cabin is really old, and we learned how to use power tools.”  Barton county college student Adams Neeland said,“I learned you have to comply with ADA rules even when making bridges on nature trail.”
Rotary District 5670 is proud to make this our district project for the year!!
Join us October 5th, 2014 to help celebrate the birthplace of our state song.
For more info: Facebook: “ Home on the Range Cabin”