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David Burton
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May 18, 2018

4-H Helping Hands at Harry S Truman Birthplace

LAMAR, Mo. — Lamar 4-H Teen Leaders worked with Missouri State Parks officials to volunteer at Harry S Truman Birthplace and create an area that would include a Butterfly Garden, planting of a Liberty Tree, and provide improvements to flower containers and beds.

Truman Birthplace Director, Beth Basel with Missouri State Parks, worked with the youth to file a plan with Missouri State Parks on the project.

The youth team attended Civic Youth Leadership Summit and applied for a grant that was matched by Missouri Community Betterment. To make sure funds were sufficient Teen Leaders also applied with FCS Financial for a Shaping Rural Missouri Grant.

The youth began to work with Truman Birthplace on the location of the butterfly garden, a list of flowers that are traditionally planted at the site enhancing its history and period.

The Lamar Greenhouse worked with the teens on designing the Butterfly garden and securing plants that will be attracting butterflies. The Wilson Greenhouse provided annual bedding plants for the various flowerbeds on site.

On April 28, the teen leaders had a workday at the Harry S Truman Birthplace site. Teen leaders cleaned planted and re-mulched eight large flower beds, constructed a 15 ft. long and 3 foot wide butterfly garden in the corner lot of the site , cleaned and replanted three barrel flower planters, cleaned and revitalized the herb garden adding some new plants, and planted a Liberty Tree in a new picnic area to be constructed for families.

The Butterfly garden will be used as a part of the tours on site and share educational information with students and visitors.

The original Liberty Tree was a famous elm tree that stood near Boston Common during the Revolutionary era. During the war, several other towns designated their own Liberty Trees as support for the resistance spread throughout the colonies. These trees became symbols of American independence.

Thanks to the generosity of Crader Distributing and local STIHL dealers, bud-grafted trees were donated to Missouri 4-H clubs to be planted in public spaces throughout Missouri.

The project was completed on May 5, when the 4-H Teen leaders group attended the Truman Days yearly celebration dedicating the Liberty Tree on site with Missouri State Parks staff. This project would not have been possible without grant funds and in kind match from Missouri Community Betterment, Civic Youth Leadership Summit, FCS Financial, Missouri State Parks, Missouri 4-H Foundation, Barton County 4-H and Amish produce market.

Lamar Teen leaders planning and completed the beautification project at the Harry S Truman Birthplace were Kyler Cox, Kelsie Morgan Anna Crabtree, Michaela Winslow, Matthew Morgan, Brandon Overman , Clayton Winslow, Theo Crabtree, Kaitlyn Davis, Lauren Dalby, Crystal Kahl, Ryan Davis, Kendall Krueth.. The Lamar community and visitors will enjoy and appreciate this project for years to come.

"These youths have shared a piece of themselves in the creation of a butterfly garden planting of flowers and observing a seedling become a tree. In days to come they will be able to share these memories with friends and family, because they completing a project that beautified the Harry S Truman Birthplace site. If they move to another community, they will be able to implement a project because of learning to build partnership for making communities a better place to live," said Elaine Davis, 4-H youth program associate with University of Missouri Extension.

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The 4-H program helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn how to get involved locally go to

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May 5 , 2018 during Truman days Community Celebration 4-H teen Leaders dedicated the Liberty Tree and there project . attending were 4-H Teen Leaders receiving congratulations Kim Todey District Supervisor for Missouri State Parks, Beth Basel, Director Truman Birthplace and Mike Sutherland Deputy Director of Missouri State Parks for a job well done.

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4-H teen leaders cleaned flower beds preparing for new plants and mulch

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4-H teen leaders cleaned flower beds preparing for new plants and mulch

Source: Elaine Davis, 417-682-3579

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