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Press Release

July 17, 2008

Contact: John Dumville

(802) 828-3051 or: [log in to unmask]


 Nebraskans Join Vermonters in restoration project at the Morrill


Strafford - Labor Day weekend eighteen students and administrators from
the Justin Morrill Scholars Program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(UNL) will visit Strafford.  UNL and their College of Agricultural
Sciences and Natural Resources have developed the Justin Morrill
Scholars Program to honor the vision and legacy of Sen. Justin Morrill.
To gain a deeper experience and knowledge of Strafford and Vermont's
culture our guests from Nebraska will stay with host families in town.


Saturday and Sunday, August 30th and 31sth  thirtyone University of
Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) students will participate in a hands-on
archaeological preservation project at the Justin Morrill State Historic
Site in Strafford.   They will excavate and repair a failed section of
the historic stone culvert drainage system in the kitchen garden which
was designed by Justin Morrill.   This will help better understand how
Morrill's system was constructed and solve a problematic and hazardous
area in the garden which the Master Gardener volunteers and the Friends
of the Morrill Homestead are restoring.


This project generated the idea for UNL and Nebraska Public Television
to create a documentary film on the significance of UNL as one of our
nation's leading Land-Grant institutions. As US Representative and
Senator, Justin Morrill was the sponsor of the 1862 and 1890 Land Grant
College Acts which established publically funded colleges and
universities in all states to teach agriculture, science along with
liberal arts. The film will highlight the important and creative ways
UNL meets educational challenges and realities of the 21st century.  A
film crew will be in Strafford over Labor Day weekend to film UNL's
visit and service work at the Morrill Homestead.  Everyone is welcome to
stop by the Homestead and view the activities that weekend.


To celebrate this event and honor this seasons Master Garden volunteers
a community pot-luck dinner is planned for Sunday, Aug. 31st at 6 pm at
the Morrill Homestead.  The public is invited to participate and attend.






John P. Dumville

Historic Sites Operations Chief

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

National Life Building, 2nd Floor

Montpelier, Vermont 05620-1201

Telephone: (802) 828-3051

Fax: (802) 828-3206

Email: [log in to unmask]




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