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October 15, 2016
BENEFITING: Peoples Heartland Foundation
EVENT DATE: Oct 21, 2016
My name is Mike Higley and my brother, Greg Higley, and I are going to spend 48 hours in The Home On The Range cabin in Smith County, Kansas. What's the big deal about staying in a cabin? Well, we will be the first Higleys to live in the cabin in almost 140 years!
You see, Dr. Brewster M Higley (our relative) wrote a poem titled “My Western Home” which described the beauty of the site he had chosen for his Kansas Homestead in 1871. He penned this now-famous work on the banks of the West Beaver Creek in North Central Kansas, where along with the help of a few friends, he also constructed a cabin on July 4, 1872. Dr. Higley presented the poem to his friend Dan Kelly who set it to music and then gave it to John Harlan, the leader of a family band that included Kelly.......and the song “Home on the Range” was born. The Home on the Range Cabin is listed on the National Historical Register. The Home on the Range site is 240 acres in Pleasant Township, Smith County, Kansas and consists of range and cultivated land formerly owned by Pete and Ellen Rust. This special acreage includes 13 acres devoted exclusively for use by the Higley/Home on the Range Cabin and associated events.
The entire site is privately owned and managed by the Peoples Heartland Foundation, a 501c3 charity, who received it as a gift from the Trustees of the Ellen Rust Living Trust. Thanks to the donations of individuals, companies and other charities, the Cabin was completely restored to its original form in 2013 and is open for visitors daily from daylight to dark.
A site plan for 55 acres, all of West Beaver Creek, is being developed by Joshua Lippold, Mankato, Ks. that will include locating future hiking and riding trails and future locations for small and large permanent structures. Your donation will help to perpetuate those plans.
My brother and I want future generations to enjoy this historic site. So, we have decided to spend 48 hours at the cabin. We will actually sleep and cook as Dr. Higley would have in the late 1800's. We will also be working with local residents on projects on and around the cabin site. We are asking you to help us preserve this piece of American and Kansas history by donating to our cause.