Office of the County Commission
P R O C L A M A T I O N
To Honor MARTHA PARKER
WHEREAS, Friends and colleagues would like to take this opportunity to honor Martha Parker for over 45 wonderful years of service to Douglas County, Kansas; and
WHEREAS, Martha was raised in the Wakarusa River Valley and has worked diligently to preserve the history of the Wakarusa Valley; and
WHEREAS, Martha has dedicated thousands of hours to researching and sharing the stories of the Bloomington Guards, the Underground Railroad, the First Colored Volunteer Infantry, the stories of local abolitionists who paid with their lives to make Kansas free, as well as the agricultural history of those who have called the Wakarusa River Valley home; and
WHEREAS, Martha’s publications, Soil of Our Souls: Histories of the Clinton Lake Communities and Angels of Freedom place the history of the Wakarusa River Valley in local, state, and national context for future generations; and
WHEREAS, Colleagues across Eastern Kansas describe Martha as a devoted historian, a tireless worker, a community leader, and a friend; and
WHEREAS, The Board of Commissioners of Douglas County and the citizens of Douglas County wish to sincerely thank Martha for her unwavering dedication to Douglas County’s history, her leadership in the development of the Clinton Lake Historical Society, the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum, and the Freedoms Rings sculpture.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS, that we honor Martha Parker for her many outstanding accomplishments and dedicated service and now declare April 22, 2017, Martha Parker Day.
ADOPTED this 12th day of April, 2017.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS