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KIRKPATRICK FAMILY FARM TO BE RENAMED, MOLLIE SPENCER FARM

October 24, 2017

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The Kirkpatrick Family Farm is excited to announce the renaming of the farm to the Mollie Spencer Farm, located at 1001 Garth Brooks Boulevard in Yukon, OK. Continuing with the programming and the same leadership, the farm is being renamed to honor the original purchaser and great-great-grandmother of Christian Keesee, President - Kirkpatrick Family Fund.

One of the oldest pieces of continually owned family real estate in Oklahoma, the 33-acre Spencer Homestead was originally purchased in 1894 by Mollie Spencer, whose husband, L.M. Spencer, and brother-in-law, A.N. Spencer, founded the town of Yukon in 1891. Mollie Spencer was the grandmother of Oklahoma Philanthropist, John Kirkpatrick, and great-great grandmother to his grandson Christian Keesee, who owned the farm for 40 years. Just last year Keesee gifted the farm to the Kirkpatrick Family Fund to ensure the protection of the property for public use and wildlife protection for generations to come.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17 and 18, community members and partners in the Yukon community, as well as members of the board of trustees from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Kirkpatrick Foundation, gathered together to celebrate the new name and future programming. The Farm will partner with Yukon Middle School to become their “largest classroom”  to help subsidize the science and biology curriculum to meet science unit requirements for the state. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will have science and wildlife education classes including the impact of the human population surrounding the property, the wildlife and biodiversity of the farm, and water/soil testing. Future curriculum is being considered with the Farm’s existing honeybee and pollinator initiative and agriculture education, working with the Farm’s livestock: sheep, donkeys, chickens, and cows.

“The Kirkpatrick Family Fund is pleased to rename the Kirkpatrick Family Farm to the Mollie Spencer Farm in honor of my great-great grandmother,” said Christian Keesee, President – Kirkpatrick Family Fund. “By doing so, we can gather together in her memory and celebrate the farm in her honor. We look forward to continuing our tradition of the farm festivals and the preservation of this historic land, along with our educational programming and community events that we all enjoy.”

Enjoyed by thousands annually during festivals such as the Chisolm Trail Historical Preservation Society’s Easter on the Prairie and the Chisolm Trail & Crawfish Festival, the Mollie Spencer Family Farm has played host to annual events for the past several decades. Located on the original Chisolm Trail, the Farm serves to educate the community on prairie living during this post-Civil War cattle drive era. Families have enjoyed participating in activities of the period, farm animals, food, dance, music, and demonstrations of traditional cowboy culture, such as gunfight reenactments and blacksmithing. The annual Iron Thistle Scottish Festival at the Farm is a unique celebration of Celtic culture, complete with music, dance, food, heavy athletic competitions, and sheepherding demonstrations.

The Mollie Spencer Farm is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that will be owned and operated by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund for the benefit of the Yukon and surrounding communities. Public access is only allowed during public events and scheduled activities. To request an application to host an event or to learn more about the Mollie Spencer Farm, please email info@molliespencerfarm.org or or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/molliespencerfarm

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