Thursday, December 11, 2014
Over the years, many names and faces have made history in endurance racing. The name Tommy Morrison is one of the most recognizable. His career includes Corvette racing experience in the SCCA Showroom Stock series, IMSA GTO events, Escort Endurance Series and the Corvette Challenge Series.
Morrison began racing Corvettes on his own, with little or no sponsorship. But Morrison’s day in the sun would come, as would the opportunity of a lifetime. Morrison made history when he and a team of hand-picked endurance drivers set three world records in March 1990 using a Morrison Motorsports ZR-1 with a stock LT5 engine. The Morrison team — which also included Chevrolet's John Heinricy, Jim Minneker and Scott Allman, and drivers Kim Baker, Don Knowles, and Scott Lagasse — set new land-speed and endurance records at time trials at Fort Stockton, Texas . . . some of which had stood for half a century.
Morrison’s 24 hours averaging more than 175 miles per hour bested the previous record, set in 1940, by nearly 15 mph. The ZR-1 set a new world record for both 5,000 miles and 5,000 km. It was a proud moment for Chevrolet and for Morrison. An ad run soon after the event proclaimed “In 24 hours, we did what nobody could do for 50 years.”
Morrison has been one of Corvette’s top promoters for more than three decades, and Morrison Engineering still races Corvettes in endurance races across the country.
Bobby Morrison is a musician /singer with the ministry "Unbroken", who performs in revivals and crusades all over the country. Bobby performed several songs for us at the Morrison Library and is a most talented young man. Morrison hopes to return to the park at some later date, and hopefully someday perform for the public here.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
In this time of Thanksgiving and Holiday Cheer, I would like to give special thanks and appreciation for those who have continued to support Morrison Park Holiness Camp-Meeting renovation. This list includes those who have contributed since November 2013.
Carl and Mary Lou Jackson Steve and Katherine Jackson
Richard and Carolyn Chambers Gale Renner
Mrs. Burl Pitcock
Lyon Hutcherson Jr. Maxine Underwood
Joseph M. Hoffman Nelson M. Hoffman
Michael J. and Elizabeth Ross Capt. James A. Simmons
Robert and Loretta Barbour Dillard and Mary Rigsby
Louise B. Forsythe Tommy Morrison
George and Opel Bowles Lanny Whitlow
Floyd Ray Jones Timothy Mullins
(Falling Timber Dairy) Nancy Richey
Omar Barbour Floyd and Ruby Cockerham
Special thanks to Matt Mutter, Roger Gentry and the
work program for the mowing and weed eating of the park grounds, Barren
Bob and Edie Bell for all their hard work providing the wonderful flowers that graced the lawns, the donation of many arts and crafts for roller coaster,and many other jobs too numerous to mention.
Robert Barbour spent many, many hours on the grounds this summer and fall, clearing, cleaning, painting, donations and doing much needed work.
Tracy Shirley for work on the grounds.
Delbert Birge for many hours of work on the Restroom building.
Buck Riddle for many hours of work and contribution of tools and materials to make such a wonderful restroom facility.
And, A very special thanks to Sandi Gorin, and all the members of the South Central Kentucky Historical and Genealogical Society, who provided the funds for the Kentucky Highway Historical Marker honoring Henry Clay Morrison, and
We have had a very productive year and have accomplished much. A lot more of the park has been cleared, with many improvements to the grounds. The restroom building is very near completion.
The plans for 2015, includes the expanding of electricity to the buildings on the park, and making decisions regarding a design for the reconstruction of a new tabernacle. We will continue to clean and restore the grounds, and we plan to have several worship services this year with guest ministers as the Lord will allow. God bless you all and please continue to pray for our efforts in restoring our dear old Morrison Park Camp-Meeting. Gary Bewley
For information or contributions, regarding the restoration of Morrison Park, contact:
2731 Tompkinsville Rd.
Glasgow, Ky. 42141
Monday, September 22, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Thanks to these wonderful people, Rev. J. L. Piercy is still living and alive at Morrison Park. The faithful dedicated work Rev. Piercy performed during his lifetime, has prompted his family members to be faithful and dedicated as well to what was important to him. What a beautiful legacy to have, and what a beautiful thing to share. God bless all the Piercy family for all they have done. Lord willing, the work and generosity of the Peircy family will live on through the generations. We pray, and are thankful Morrison Park can be a part of that legacy God Bless you all. We love you. Gary Bewley
Rev. Piercy and his wife Tippie Dougherty Piercy around 1909, the time he traveled with H.C. Morrison around the world.
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