Mayfield Cultural Center Looking to Preserve Local History

Monday, April 6, 2015
Mayfield Hall circa 1895

Looking back on the good ole days' can bring both enjoyment and inspiration. The Mayfield Cultural Center is asking you to look through your family's photographs and films that show life here in the county before 1930. They are seeking old photographs and historical items to be displayed during the upcoming 25th Annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive and possibly for inclusion in a short film.

"We're asking you to share old photos of life in the county and especially from Marble Hill and the Mayfield-Smith Academy -- family moments at the school, social events, the historic old chapel or school activities. The Will Mayfield College has a rich history here in Bollinger and Cape counties," explained Scott Monteith, who is helping collect imagery and historical information for an upcoming short film series on the area. They offered continuation classes for high school and served as a junior college. The Mayfield Smith Academy began in 1878 in what is now Sedgewickville and moved to Marble Hill in 1880, then it operated as the Will Mayfield College from 1904-1936. And now as the Mayfield Cultural Center, housed in Mayfield Hall, the first building erected on the Baptist school campus completed in 1884. In 1910 a two story chapel and library were added to the building. In 1924 the chapel was enlarged to a single floor and balcony coupled with a 21' stage.

"We'd also love to hear and share your stories and memories of people and events connected with the school. We will compile them to share with the public as we celebrate the opening of the Mayfield Cultural Center," Monteith added. To share your memories and photos with us take your pictures by the Bollinger County Library to be scanned so you may keep your originals or call the Mayfield Cultural Center at (573)238-8515 to make other arrangements. Please document your photos on a separate piece of paper before your visit; who is the the photo, the year of the photo, etc. The volunteers helping to preserve the names also hope to continue the tradition by adding the names of those helping to support the programs and upkeep of the Mayfield Cultural Center with a Walk of Honor, a fundraising project, which is presently underway to raise much needed monetary support for the new center will give everyone a chance to have their name added to the history of this historic campus. Paving stones maybe personalized to add a lasting tribute to your support or the memory of a loved one. For more information call or visit online.

The Mayfield Cultural Center, 209 Mayfield Drive / PO Box 155, Marble Hill, MO 63764 (listed on the National Register of Historical Places).

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