Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Granddaughter preserves pioneer homestead - Morrow Home Place

Former Collinsville/Owasso resident Dr. Kathleen Morrow is in the process of organizing the "Morrow Home Place and Museum". The organization's intent is to "preserve a typical country home and the family's activities during the early part of the 20th century."

The Morrow Home Place was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April, 2011. 

Kathleen's grandparents Joe Fagan and  Lucille Ellingwood Morrow with lived in the farmhouse from 1905. The home and land have been in the Morrow family over 100 years. 

Lucile Ellingwood Morrow taught in Collinsville schools, and wrote a weekly newspaper column. Those columns titled "Just Thought of A Plain Country Woman" chronicled life on the farm and appeared in "The Collinsville News"(1937-1970) and "Tulsa World" (1942-1965).

The planned museum/farm will be near Collinsville's Herald Elementary and an Owasso elementary projected to be build by 2008 to be named for Mrs. Morrow.

The museum will focus on educational events and activities for children and will be a "living history" museum where the children will be encouraged to experience a "typical" day's activities of a farm child during the decades of the 30's, 40's, 50's or 60's depending on the studies of the particular grade level.

While Kathleen has the wealth of information left by her grandmother's columns and some diaries for her own family's experiences, she is hoping to expand on that to gather information and also honor other pioneer families in this area.

Dr. Morrow resides in Texas now and is commuting to Collinsville monthly to get the project formalized. She has a local steering committee to help get an organization in place to carry forth the endeavor.

For more information or to volunteer please contact kathleen@ebby.com.

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