Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Nancy Richey, Secretary/Treasurer, of the Morrison Park Camp meeting Association , and WKU Associate Professor, began the ceremony with a welcome and this wonderful address,
Henry Clay Morrison considered this spot a sacred place and consecrated it for the spread of the Gospel and the Holiness message. It is a testament in many ways. A testament defined is something that serves as a sign or evidence of a specified fact, event, or quality. This place remains a testament to the fact of Morrison's legacy and to the many life changing events that took place on this hill. It is also evidence of how one person's love and dreams of the salvation of not only souls but of a history can come true. I passed this place many times as a child and my father noted to me its history. But, I did not have a personal connection to it. Gary Bewley, however, from childhood heard about this place and its founder from his grandmother, Mary Mae Bewley and her love and reverence for this place was passed to him. These words, her dreams became his dreams and hopes. He could not let this place die and so dreams became deeds. So, in essence, the restoration, though only clearly visible to others in the last three years, began with the nailing downs of a few sheets of rusty,roof metal. If not for this act, that deed, this place would have probably gone the way of so many other historical sites in our state. By placing this marker, we want this place to be and remain a sacred place, a testament to a timeless truth. It's history is part of this county and a part of who we are. It is a landmark for this county and the Bible asks that we "remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set." To lose sacred and historical places, is to lose the memory of who we were. I will paraphrase William Morris who wrote that "old buildings, [old places] do not belong to us only, they belong to our forefathers and our mothers, and I will add grandmothers, and they belong to our descendants unless we play them false. They are not in any sense our own property to do with as we would like with them. We are only trustees for those that came after us."
Becky Riddle , Coordinator of the Kentucky Historical Marker Program from Frankfort, Kentucky was at the dedication and also addressed the gathering. Sandra Gorin, President of the South Central Kentucky Historical and Genealogical Society, (the society which paid the costs of the marker) was on hand to share her feelings, and why the society felt the need for the placement of the marker. Morrison Park President, Gary Bewley addressed the crowd, thanking all the many people who had done so much to reconstruct the park, and shared his vision for its complete restoration in the coming months and years. Board members, Marshall Bailey and Phillip Pursley also addressed the crowd, sharing many memories and stories related to the history of the park. After the unveiling of the marker the crowd reassembled. Morrison's grandchildren addressed the gathering and shared their heartfelt appreciation for the all the work that had been done to restore the park. The ceremony ended with an invocation by Bro. Mike Pagett, Pastor of Glasgow Bible Church. It was a beautiful day and the spirit of the Lord was strong and ever present in all that took place.
If you are interested in helping or learning more about the restoration of Morrison Park Holiness Camp meeting, contact Gary Bewley 2731 Tompkinsville Rd. Glasgow, Ky. 42141 Ph. 270-834-9553
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Other memorial donations include,
$50.00 in memory of Grace Curd, made by Dillard and Mary Rigsby, July 2014
$50.00 in memory of Brents and Rebecca Richardson, made by Dillard and Mary Rigsby, July 2014
$50.00 in memory of Frances Smith, made by Marshall Bailey.
$100.00 in memory of Kathehn Bell and James Simpson, made by Barren River Rod and Gun Club.
$100.00 in memory of Pat Riddle, made by Temple Hill Golden Oldies.
$100.00 in memory of George White, made by Temple Hill Golden Oldies.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in someone's memory may contact, Morrison Park Camp Association, c/o Gary Bewley 2731 Tompkinsville Rd. Glasgow, Ky. 42141
Monday, February 24, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Glasgow- Barren County Chamber of Commerce, awarded Morrison Park President, Gary Bewley, Outstanding Citizen of the Year for 2013 last night at its annual award banquet and dinner. The award, of course, stems from all the hard work that has been done to restore the Historic Holiness Camp Meeting ground, established here by Rev. Henry Clay Morrison in 1900. While Bewley is very excited and honored by the award, he realizes, the award goes far beyond him to everyone who has donated their time, hard work, money, and support to the project. It is truly an award for
. We pray this notoriety will bring further
attention to the value and needs of the park, and will provide a greater amount
of publicity and support for all we, under God's direction, are seeking to
achieve. Thank the Lord for this recognition for Morrison Park , and may it help bring about good fruits that
will be for His honor and glory. Please continue to pray for us at Morrison Park . Morrison Park