Near Highland in Doniphan County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
An Agricultural Mission
The Presbyterian Board of Missions sent the Reverend Samuel M. Irvin to this area to establish an agricultural mission for the Iowa and Sac & Fox, who survived by hunting. Irvin tried to teach them to farm and raise livestock but had little success. Then the missions board changed its approach. It thought if the children of the tribes could learn these practices from an early age, their culture could be changed.
[Inset photo caption reads] The Reverend Samuel Irvin and his wife, Eliza, were sent to the area in 1837 to establish the Highland Presbyterian Mission.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society. (Marker Number 3.)
Location. 39° 51.821′ N, 95° 13.749′ W. Marker is near Highland, Kansas, in Doniphan County. Click for map. Marker is along the lane leading into the mission property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1737 Elgin Road, Highland KS 66035, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Manual Training School (here, next to this marker); The Oregon-California Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Wolf River Crossing (a few steps from this marker); The Highland Presbyterian Mission The Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Missionary Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); A Dangerous Coexistence (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Highland.
Also see . . .
1. Iowa and Sac & Fox Mission State Historic Site. (Submitted on October 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Biographical Index of Presbyterian Missionaries to American Indians. (Submitted on October 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.