Telling Our Story

Telling Our Story
Posted on 01/23/2020
The Story of Blue Springs Book Cover

Through a substantial grant from the Truman Heartland Community Foundation - Jelley Family Endowment for Children’s Education last fall, and with overwhelming community support, the Blue Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has partnered with the Blue Springs R-IV School District, the Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Jackson County and Blue Springs Historical Societies, local historians, Downtown Alive, and other organizations to create an illustrated children’s book on The Story of Blue Springs, Missouri, from the 1800s through the present, to help inspire an interest in local and American history in young students. The book is written entirely in poetry by Paula Dexter Clyma, Blue Springs Chapter DAR, and beautifully illustrated by local artist and retired art teacher, Greta Carol Hoener, a member of the Public Art Commission.

Beginning in 2020, the books will be distributed to all fourth grade social studies classes in the Blue Springs School District. Students will have an opportunity to learn about people, places, and events that contributed to the growth of the city from the early settlement period, at what is now known as Burrus Old Mill Park.

With oversight from the supporting individuals and organizations, a “steering committee” was formed to ensure accuracy and help with organizing the information. The story follows a timeline with seven eras, beginning with 1800-1820, each ending with a page of “Fast Facts,” with informational topics relative to that time period. The 103-page book also includes a variety of ideas for “Creative Fun” activities, comparing then and now and how to create your own family tree.

Copies of the book will also be made available through local libraries, and from the Blue Springs Chapter DAR, a non-profit, non-political, women’s patriotic organization, to help fund student scholarships and special recognition awards for outstanding students and teachers in the Blue Springs School District. A public book launch and book signing event is being planned for early 2020.