Fred Grogan thinks it’s a great idea to think about the big picture
As chairman of the board of the Lee’s Summit Historical Society, Grogan is helping plan for the Missouri bicentennial celebration this month at Lee’s Summit.
“We believe that our common history is very important to the sense of community and identity of our citizens,” Grogan said of the celebration.
“Historically, the role of our state government has played a major role in defining our local governments and the laws governing our daily lives,” he added. “Yet we know that many residents know little about our state’s history. Important markers like bicentenaries are perfect occasions to celebrate our past and invite people to learn more about that past and how it relates to who we are today.
Lee’s Summit takes the suggestion from the Missouri Bicentennial Commission that communities across the state hold ice cream social events.
Lee’s Summit Social Ice Cream will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 10.
The street will be closed in front of the History Museum, 220 SW Main St. The first 500 participants will receive a free scoop of ice cream from the ice cream trucks.
In addition to ice cream to buy for early risers, food trucks will appeal to visitors. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Live music will be provided by members of Lee’s Summit Symphony, as well as Betsy and Clark Bluegrass. Games for children and free entry to the history museum will also be part of the game.
The History Museum has a special exhibition for the bicentennial. The objects have been kept in the museum’s collections.
“We chose the items that best illustrated the main events and trends of the six time periods covered in the 200 years since Missouri became a state,” said Grogan.
For example, Grogan said a photo of Dr Bernard Campbell, a former school superintendent, was used after World War II because of his leadership in efforts to consolidate a multitude of small school districts in the creation of the R- 7th school district.
“The R-7 school district and its high quality of education and related student activities have been a major driver of the growth and success of the Lee Summit,” said Grogan.
Missouri’s bicentennial is also celebrated at Lee’s Summit City Hall with a special photo exhibit.
“Missouri: People, Places and Heritage,” which features 25 photographs by 11 sworn Summit Art photographers, is on display at City Hall until September 9.
A 6 p.m. artists reception on August 27 will be held during the Fourth Friday Art Walk. Artists will be on site and works of art will be available for purchase.
“The photographs are absolutely beautiful,” said Glenda Masters, director of cultural arts at Lee’s Summit. “It’s wonderful to see how each photographer has interpreted the theme and captured the authenticity of the people and places that make our state so alive.”
The masters agreed with Grogan on the importance of celebrating the bicentennial of the state.
“Historic milestones like the bicentennial provide an opportunity for communities to come together, not only to celebrate the pride of our state, but also to become more connected with our past, triumphs and struggles,” she said. .