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Historical Church In Springfield To Dedicate New Marker Sunday

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Michele Skalicky
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An event Sunday, June 2, at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church and Camp Ground in east Springfield will celebrate a new historical marker at the site.  The marker, which tells the story of how the church, built in 1887, came to be, was made possible by the Stukely Wescott chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.

Pat Haas is a member of that group.  Her husband grew up across from Mt. Pisgah, and she lives on the family land.

She said they chose to place a marker at Mt. Pisgah church "because it's so rich in history.  So many things went on in this area, you know, beginning with the campground and the wagon trails and the school and so forth.  We thought it was worthy of being marked."

The event will include a program to dedicate the marker, including the story of a quilt that was made to raise money for the church building in the 1880s, followed by a potluck lunch.

Church member, Fred Hall, said anyone is welcome to come to Sunday’s dedication and potluck.

"We're inviting the general public to come and break bread with us and have a service and then a dedication of this historical marker," said Fred Hall.

Hall's daughter, Shaundell, also a Mt. Pisgah UMC member, said the church will have the meat for the potluck catered, but anyone who comes is asked to bring a side dish or dessert.  "You can't beat a good church potluck," she said. 

The dedication begins Sunday at noon at the church, 4515 E. Farm Rd. 144.

KSMU will bring you the history of Mt. Pisgah in an upcoming Sense of Place story.