Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site Article

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site
Pershing Boyhood Home 2.jpg
Map showing the location of Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site
Map showing the location of Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site
Location in Missouri
Map showing the location of Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site
Map showing the location of Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site
Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site (the US)
Location Laclede, Linn, Missouri, United States
Coordinates 39°47′17″N 93°10′08″W / 39.78806°N 93.16889°W / 39.78806; -93.16889
GEN. JOHN J. PERSHING BOYHOOD HOME STATE HISTORIC SITE Latitude and Longitude:

39°47′17″N 93°10′08″W / 39.78806°N 93.16889°W / 39.78806; -93.16889
Area5.71 acres (2.31 ha) [1]
Established1952 [2]
Governing bodyMissouri Department of Natural Resources
Website Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site
Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home
Gen. Pershing boyhood home.jpg
General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home
Location Laclede, Missouri
Built1857
ArchitectUnknown
Architectural styleGothic Revival
NRHP reference # 69000111
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 21, 1969 [3]
Designated NHLMay 11, 1976 [4]

Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site in Laclede, Missouri, is maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a state historic site. [5] General John Joseph "Jack" Pershing lead the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I and attained the rank of General of the Armies. Pershing was born on a farm outside Laclede, but lived in the home from age six to adulthood. The historic site preserves and interprets the boyhood home and the one-room Prairie Mound School at which he taught for a year before attending West Point Military Academy. The home has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1969, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. [3]

History

The Gothic Revival style home was constructed circa 1857, and purchased by the Pershing family in 1866. [6] Pershing remained in the home after completing high school, taking a teaching position at nearby Prairie Mound School until he left to attend the First District Normal School in Kirksville, Missouri. After graduating he returned to Laclede and taught at the Prairie Mound School again until being accepted to West Point. [7]

The Pershing home was acquired by the state of Missouri in 1952 when it was learned the owner at that time was intending to raze the building. [6] On September 13, 1960, as part of a national centennial celebration of Pershing's birth, the home was officially dedicated in his memory and the soldiers who served under him. [7]

Activities and amenities

The home features period-specific furniture from the mid and late 1800s as well as a small museum chronicling the life of Pershing. A few steps away, the restored Prairie Mound school also offers interpretive displays. Tours are available. The garden features a Wall of Honor with the names of war veterans as well as a life-size statue of Pershing (pictured at right) created in the 1950s by sculptor Carl Mose. [7]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site: Data Sheet" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. November 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "State Park Land Acquisition Summary". Missouri State Parks. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Pershing, Gen. John J., Boyhood Home". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State: Missouri" (PDF). National Historic Landmark Survey. National Park Service. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Martha L. Kusiak, Research Historian (10 April 1969). "Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site: General Information". Missouri Department of Natural Resoures. Retrieved December 3, 2012.

External links