Tuesday, June 3, 2014

HENRY CLAY MORRISON HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION

The dedication ceremony for the new Henry Clay Morrison / Morrison Park Highway Historical marker was held Saturday May 24, at 10 a.m. A crowd of about 60 people gathered on the hillside of the old camp meeting grounds, founded by Henry Clay Morrison in 1900 to be part of the dedication. It was a very exciting time to see the old camp meeting grounds alive again with activity and many prayers of thanks. The day was glorious. The park's beauty was at it's best. Bob and Edie Bell had the park decorated with wonderful flowers that were just breath taking. A large portion of the park had been mowed the day before by the Barren County Correctional center inmate work program under the direction of deputy Roger Gentry and Jailer, Matt Mutter. Another large portion of the park was mowed by Buck Riddle. Nancy Richey spent the day on Friday cleaning the cabins along with many other chores. Everyone did their best to make the park at it's very best. We were so thankful for everyone who attended. The greatest honor came when several of Henry Clay Morrison's great grandchildren arrived for the dedication.
   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."
    WKU Associate Professor, Nancy Richey addresses those gathered at the Morrison Marker dedication.

   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
       Kentucky Historical Highway Marker #2417 on KY state highway 63 near Glasgow, honoring Henry Clay Morrison and the Holiness Camp Meeting site he founded here in 1900 in Barren County Kentucky.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

HENRY CLAY MORRISON KENTUCKY HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION

The dedication and ceremony for the new Henry Clay Morrison Kentucky Historical Marker will be Saturday May 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. on Hwy 63 about five miles south of Glasgow Kentucky. The marker will honor Morrison who came to Barren County at the age of two and grew up across from the old Holiness campmeeting ground he founded in 1900 on his grandfather's farm. Morrison went on to become one of the nation's premier ministers and accomplished so much for the Lord,  here in Kentucky and around the world. The old campmeeting grounds has been under restoration for the last four years, and is still in the process of being restored. Please join us for this special event. Several of Morrison's great grandchildren are planning to attend from great distances. What a pleasure and thrill it will be for us to meet them, and for the them to visit the community where God saved and raised up one of the greatest ministers to ever proclaim his great truth. There will be refreshments and much fellowship following the ceremony in the Morrison Memorial Library cabin. A trip to the old Morrison/Hammer cemetery where many of Morrison's ancestors and family are buried is also planned for later in the day.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Wonderful Easter Morning at Morrison Park

A group of about fifty people gathered at the Old Morrison Park Camp Meeting site near Glasgow Kentucky to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord in an outside worship service. The group gathered at 6 a.m. and was treated to a beautiful sunrise and a glorious Easter morning. After the service, many gathered together for fellowship and refreshments in the Morrison Library cabin. It was a beautiful, wonderful morning, and we are thankful to all who attended.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Easter Sunrise Service at Morrison Park

Everyone who can please join us for a sun rise service at Morrison Park on Easter Morning Sun April 20, 2014. Bring a yard chair and a blanket (if needed). We will meet at 6 a.m. In case of inclement weather we will meet in the Morrison Memorial Library cabin. Please be prayerful for the service. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Morrison Park Memorials


   Barren River Rod and Gun Club Inc. recently made a $100.00 donation to Morrison Park in memory of one of it's founder's, Mr. Jesse Thompson. Morrison Park is very thankful to accept this donation in memory of Mr. Thompson, and we will record his name in our Memorial Book, to be kept at Morrison Park, Morrison Library as a memorial to Mr. Thompson.
   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

TWO ANGELS OF MORRISON PARK, CARL AND MARY LOU JACKSON

Morrison Park Camp Meeting Association, has been involved in the restoration of the old Morrison Park Holiness Camp, founded by Henry Clay Morrison  for almost four years. In that time we have had a lot of wonderful help and support, but none has equaled the amount of support given to us by Carl and Mary Lou Jackson of Louisville Ky. To date the couple has given  a record $3,120.00 . When we we began this project we prayed for God's help and leadership. It was very plain to us, our Lord wanted the work done, and somehow we knew he would supply and send the special people to see that it would be accomplished. We had no idea who those people would be, but the Lord surely sent us some angels. Carl and Mary Lou do not wish any attention, or special recognition, they just simply feel led by the Lord to support this restoration, knowing it is his will. We at Morrison Park are humbled at the faith and trust they have placed in us, but we have been more at awe in the great faith we have seen them have in he Lord and following his wonderful spirit of leadership in this restoration matter. Because of their generosity, we have been able to enter into large projects such as new plumbing, a new septic system, and the renovation of the restroom building itself. All of these things are essential to the success of the park. Simply, they have made so many things possible, that otherwise would not be done. We cannot say thank you enough to Carl and Mary Lou. You are indeed two Godly Angels sent our way, and we praise God for all you have done for us. Sincerely, Gary Bewley, Pres. Morrison Park Camp Association.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Morrison Park Wins Award

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 Morrison Park. 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.