News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

BLUE SPRINGS HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 4TH ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR ~ 2012

clock June 5, 2012 16:26 by author Jeff Quibell

Contact: Mary Potter

Phone: 816-797-4870
Email: MPotterEducation@comcast.net
WHO: Blue Springs Historical Society
WHAT: 4th Annual Garden Tour
WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 2012
TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Gardens in Blue Springs

The Blue Springs Historical Society’s 4th Annual Garden Tour features 6 unique and colorful Blue Springs gardens. The self guided event will be from 10:00 am through 5 pm. Tickets may be purchased for $10.00 from Ben’s Lawn and Garden, Petals & Potpourri, Meyer Music, Memories on Mainer person Tea Room-Café, Special Events, Village Gardens, The Yellow Strawberry and www.BlueSpringsHistory.org by using PayPal. On June 16th, tickets may be purchased at any of the gardens for $12.00 per person.

The gardens include flower and vegetables along a creek, Jack and Penny Gilliland; Carol and Jeff Journagan’s gardens that reflect the Frank Lloyd Wright style of their home; an English Garden atop a bluff with a woodland feel, Betty Parker; Reggie and Linda Day’s Japanese or Zen influenced gardens; Jim and Melinda Jones garden whose features include lilies, hibiscus and bubbling water fountains; the 1906 Educational Heritage Garden on the Dillingham-Lewis Museum grounds features a pergola, picket fence and arbor with heirloom rose while the sun garden, takes you back to simpler flowers. While at the Museum, please take time to enjoy the lemonade and light refreshments.

For more information contact: Debbie Schnakenberg 229-7434 or

Kenna White 228-8488 or Mary Potter Cell-797-4870


Blue Springs Historical Society Annual Dinner with speaker Barbara Hughes

clock April 13, 2012 11:01 by author Jeff Quibell

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: Blue Springs Historical Society Annual Meeting, Meal and Program: The Real William Quantrill for the Civil War 150 year Anniversary

When:  Tuesday, April 17, 2011 – 6:00 pm

Where:  Masonic Hall, 908 S.W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

The first Blue Springs event of 2012 on the ‘Civil War’s 150 Year Anniversary’ will be held on April 17, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Masonic Hall, 308 S.W. Main Street, downtown Blue Springs.  Barbara Hughes researcher, historian and teacher of American History will speak on “The Real William Quantrill”.  

Mayor Carson Ross will speak about the benefits of the Depot and Community Garden being located in Central Park.  During the dinner, guest and Blue Springs Historical Society members will be entertained by the Banjo 3 and former mayor of Blue Springs and magician Steve Steiner. 

The dinner/program is sponsored by the Blue Springs Historical Society and will be their 36 year annual meeting.  Meal cost $15.00/person. Public is invited.  For more reservations and more information, please contact Mary Potter – MpotterEducation@comcast.net or 797-4870


Civil War Program by Gregg Higginbotham for the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary–Nov 6 2pm to 3pm

clock October 31, 2011 11:30 by author Jeff Quibell

PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Mary Potter

Phone #: 816-797-4870

MPotterEducation@comcast.net

www.BlueSpringsHistory.org

Date: October 27, 2011

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: Civil War Program by Gregg Higginbotham for the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary.

When:  Sunday, November 6, 2011 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: Masonic Hall, 308 S.W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

            This is a change in location.

Gregg Higginbotham a well-known local and national speaker on the Civil War will be at the Masonic Hall, 308 S.W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015, on Sunday, November 6th.  The door will open at 1:30 pm with Gregg speaking from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.  In 2011, this will be the third event the Blue Springs Historical Society has sponsored for the Civil War Sesquicentennial.   The first was a program by Gregg Higginbotham.  The second was the 3rd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent entertainment and meal.  At the Talent Show, the performers played and sang Civil War songs.  Barbara Hughes as Mary Lobb told about the impact of the War on her life.

Higginbotham is a member of the national and state of Missouri Committees on the 150 year Anniversary of the Civil War.  He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, a member of The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri.  He is a past president of the Missouri Civil War Re-enactor Association and is employed by the Kansas City Metropolitan Library information network.

His topic will be the Civil War or for eastern Jackson County residents in 1860, the War Between the States.  He will be available to answer questions about the Civil War after his speech.   

There is no admission charge but the Blue Springs Historical Society would like a donation toward our budget. For more information contact: Mary Potter 816-797-4870 or MPotterEducation@comcast.net


3rd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent Dinner

clock October 20, 2011 10:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: 3rd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent dinner and entertainment celebrating the Historical Society’s 35th birthday and the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary.

When:  Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 6:00 pm

Where: Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Some of the performers’ tunes will take you back to 1861.  Barbara Hughes, as an Eastern Jackson County settler 150 years ago, will tell about the “happenings”.  Blue Springs Councilman Grant Bowerman as MC will display his since of humor while keeping the program moving.  Other performers are former Mayor and Magician Steve Steiner and the City Councilmen’s skit, still to be disclosed, will keep you laughing.  It has not been disclosed if Scarlet or Jose or some other dancer will make an appearance.    Songs by guitarists, fiddlers, and vocalists will be reminiscent of the War Between the States.  And, can you believe a Civil War Rap song?  Of course, ELVIS will reappear and yes, when you listen to him sing, you will think the “real” Elvis really did drop by.  Other talent may still apply.  David Cook put Blue Springs on the map with his singing ability.  Now, the public has the opportunity to hear other Blue Springs entertainers on the same stage, some for the first time.

There will be a silent auction held for the benefit of Save Our Depot.  The money will be used to reach the $20,000.000 it takes to move the depot before July 29, 2012.

The Blue Springs Historical Society will celebrate their 35th birthday by honoring the charter members.  Without their vision and hard work there would be no museum in the 1906 home of Morgan and Melvin Dillingham, builders, and second owner Narra Lewis Birthday cake will be served. 

The potato bar and a variety of salads will be cooked by the Eastern Star ladies.  The meal and entertainment for one person is $18.00 and for two people $35.00.  Your reservation(s) check should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013 by October 21st.  After this date to pay at the door  reservation, please contact: Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president @ 816.797.4870 or MPotterEducation@comcast.net For more information go to our website www.BlueSpringsHistory.org


BLUEGRASS BENEFIT CONCERT TO SAVE TRAIN DEPOT!

clock October 19, 2011 14:58 by author Jeff Quibell

PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Shirl Quick 220-0232

On behalf of the Blue Springs Historical Society

BLUEGRASS BENEFIT CONCERT TO SAVE TRAIN DEPOT!

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True Blue Gospel Bluegrass Band

The Blue Springs Historical Society is sponsoring a Fundraising Benefit Concert on November 4th at 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church on the corner of Main Street and 15th Street to raise funds to save a part of our local history by relocating the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot!

True Blue Gospel Bluegrass Band will perform some of your favorite songs with the best of the true spirit of Bluegrass music heard in our area. Their Bluegrass Band has performed at the Fall Fun Festival in Blue Springs, the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival in Independence, and many other local fairs and festivals. Lead singer, Larry Ellis is a professional performer and outstanding fiddle player and he performs weekly in a Country Music Show in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The Colonial Hills Children’s Choir will also be featured during the Benefit Concert performing a railroad song complete with Engineer Hats and Train Whistles! The Blue Springs Historical Society has these whistles and hats, along with Save the Train Depot sweatshirts for sale at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum at 101 SW 15th Street in Blue Springs as part of their fundraising effort.

Admission for the Bluegrass Fundraising Benefit Concert is $10 per individual or $20 per family. Admission will be taken at the door. Benefit funds will help move the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot to another location. The railroad played a significant role in the present location of Blue Springs, as the town moved up the hill from Woods Chapel Road and Walnut to it’s present location to be near the railroad tracks for better commerce.

This Benefit Concert allows you to be a part of this historical effort to save an important piece of the history of Blue Springs. For Benefit information, contact Shirl Quick at (816) 220-0232 or the Blue Springs Historical Society Website: www.BlueSpringsHistory.org


Help Save the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot–Meeting tonight (7/20/11)

clock July 20, 2011 11:52 by author Jeff Quibell

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TONIGHT at 6:30 pm at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 15th and Main --- Chicago & Alton Train Depot Meeting to Discuss getting an extension on the Demolition(set for August 2) from Kansas City Southern Railway.

Please feel free to forward this email to people interested in saving the train depot.  Hope to see you on Wednesday.
 
Sincerely,
Mary Potter
Blue Springs Historical Society, president
City of Blue Springs Historic Preservation Commission, member Blue Springs Historical Society representative
816-797-4870
MPotterEducation@comcast.net
BSHistory@comcast.net
www.BlueSpringsHistory.org

One-on-One Beginner Genealogy Family Tree Maker Instruction (Ancestry.com)

clock July 7, 2011 12:18 by author Jeff Quibell

PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Ron Potter

Phone #: 816-229-8293

Date: April 25, 2011

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What:  One-on-One Beginner Genealogy Family Tree Maker Instruction (Ancestry.com)

When:  Sunday, July 17 – 1:15 – 3:30 pm

Where:  Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 SW 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015         

Virginia Winters will conduct a beginner program for individuals who want to learn how to use the Family Tree Maker program from ancestry.com.  The lesson will be conducted on version 2009.  This program creates a family tree for those wishing to research and store their family genealogy.   Students are encouraged to bring any family genealogy and/or their laptop computer with Family Tree Maker installed.  Virginia will have a computer with the program for them to use. 

Appointments need to be scheduled by e-mail or phone call to Mary Potter at 816-797-4870 or MPotterEducation@comcast.net.   The times are 1:15 – 1:45 pm, 1:50 – 2:20 pm, 2:25 – 2:55 pm, or 3:00 – 3:30 pm on Sunday, July 17 at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 101 SW 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015.  There is a $2.00 charge for your 30 minute session.


Barbara Hughes will be portraying Mary Lobb this Sunday, June 12th at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum

clock June 12, 2011 10:35 by author Jeff Quibell

Hi, Friends,

Barbara Hughes will be portraying Mary Lobb this Sunday, June 12th at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 15th and Main Street, downtown Blue Springs.  The museum is open from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Barbara’s program, ‘Mary and Aquilla Lobb – western Missouri Border and Civil Wars and Lobb Cemetery will be from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.  Barbara Hughes known for her women portrayals and knowledge of the Civil War, will give a vignette as Mary Lobb and then a power point presentation.  She will be available for questions.  Any Questions Contact: Mary Potter 816-797-4870 or MPotterEducation@comcast.net or Barbara Hughes 816-229-0978.

Hope to see you Sunday

Thank you,

Mary Potter


Eagle Scouts Are Making a Difference at the Dillingham Lewis Museum

clock June 12, 2011 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Exhibit PhotoThere are a number of Eagle Scout projects going on at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum for the Blue Springs Historical Society.  One is from Tanner Richardson who is building a historical-looking fence at the entrance of the beautiful new historical garden. 

The other is from Jacob Mozer, previously been written about for his lemonade stand, who is building a 32 foot long historical-looking pergola on the opposite end of the historical garden.  

There is a third Eagle Project planned (an arbore) for the future from a different troop.  It is hoped that this site will be a gathering place for Blue Springs residents to use for community events such as musicians, etc. in the future. 

These types of projects are a great way for each of us to get involved and help this treasure of Blue Springs continue to restore and refurbish the home.  The home needs a lot of exterior work such as fixing wood that has rotted and then painting the exterior of the house.  Funding and skilled volunteers are needed!

If you or someone you would recommend would like to help, please contact Mary Potter at mpottereducation@comcast.net or 816-797-4870.