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Above audio from KTTS featuring Nicholas Inman speaking about the Cherry Blossom Festival

Mary Leigh Pell Whitmer (descendant of President Martin Van Buren) poses beside Nicholas W. Inman in front of the first cherry blossom tree to be officially planted in Marshfield.
Mary Leigh Pell Whitmer
The tree was planted by former Missouri first lady, Lori Houser Holden and is
located at the Webster County Museum. Whitmer attended the festival
as a panel member for the annual "Presidential Forum."
This Yoshino cherry blossom tree was planted to remember Ruth Scott by the Marshfield Garden Club. Scott was a long time member of the Marshfield club.
Yoshino Cherry Tree planted in honor of Ruth Scott
from left to right (related President in parenthesis)
Festivial Chairman Nicholas Inman, Shannon Lanier (Jefferson), Chris Truscott (Jefferson), Tom Washington (Washington), Mary Leigh Pell Whitmer (Van Buren), John Polk Campbell (Polk), George Cleveland (Cleveland), Devon Nixon (Nixon), John Truman (Truman)
Presidential Families Forum
Local authors gathered at the historic Condo Building to sign books and greet loyal readers. This was the first cherry blossom book signing.
Cherry Blossom Book Signing
Pictured third from right is author Rita Stewart Allen.  Click to see her web-site.
(left to right) Laura Gore & her mom Karen Gore with Maria Sazpszewicz & her granddaughter Ellie.  Maria came to speak about her personal experiences during the Holocaust.  Maria and Ellie stayed at Blackberry Creek Retreat during their stay.
Maria Szapszewicz

Marshfield was very honored to have Holocaust survivor Maria Szapszewicz come and tell her personal experiences from the Holocaust.  She volunteers as a docent at the Holocaust Museum in St. Louis, MO and authored the book "For the People I Love and Can't Forget".
To find out more about the museum.  Click here.
Maria's Book

Mark and Dixie Dawson, owners of  the Blackberry Creek Retreat Bed and Breakfast provided a beautiful, welcoming place for some of the Cherry Blossom Festival's guests.
Blackberry Creek Bed and Breakfast
Stacy A. Cordery came to the Cherry Blossom Festival and shared with us fascinating stories about Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the oldest daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Stacy A. Cordery - Book "Alice"
The 2008 Little Miss and Mr. Cherry Blossom winners pose following the annual Fourth of July parade. Danielle Quinn and Billy Pickel represented the contestants for the children's contest on the Cherry Blossom 4th of July float.
Little Miss & Mr Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom Queen Ashley Marlin & Cherry Blossom Princess Desiree Hicks
on the Cherry Blossom 4th of July float
Dean Webb, Maggie Peterson Mancuso and Mitch Jayne
pose with their star for the Missouri Walk of Fame.
The trio were among the original members of "The Darlings" of the Andy Griffith show.
Darlings with their Walk of Fame plaque
The Darlings, musicians from the Andy Griffith Show
The Darlings
Two of actor Robert Cummings' daughters pose with his star at ceremonies honoring the
2008 class of inductees for the Missouri Walkof Fame.
Robert Cummings / 2008 Walk of Fame

The actor was born Clarence Robert Orville Cummings on June 10, 1910, in Joplin, Mo.

Randle Chowning represented the "Ozark Mountain Daredevils" during the
Missouri Walk of Fame star ceremony at the 2008 festival.  
Chowning is one of the original members of the legendary group of performers.
Randle Chowning / 2008 Walk of Fame
The Philharmonics are honored with their star on the Missouri Walk of Fame at Cross Bridge Church. The Philharmonics were among the original cast members of the Ozark Jubilee.

Click to see more pictures from the WWII Bench Dedication Ceremony
World War II Bench Dedication
Hervina Wheeler sang Country Music
at the MAC

Hervina Wheeler
Potters Wheel
performed at the Marshfield Activity Center
Potters Wheel
Donna Douglas "Elly Mae Clampett" of the Beverly Hillbillies poses alongside Danny Cheek following her remarks at the 2008 Cherry Blossom Sunrise Service at the Cross Roads Evangelical Methodist Church.
Donna Douglas
Mary Daly Joyce of Union, Missouri spoke at the Missouri Titanic monument dedication at the Dickey House. Joyce's father, Eugene Daly, was a survivor of the April 15, 1912 sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic.  Several Cherry Blossom Festival guests stayed at the beautiful Dickey House Bed & Breakfast.
Mary Daly Joyce
Click on the following links to check out the video that her son took of  the event and posted on YouTube.
Main Speech
Q & A session
The 2008 grand champion cherry pie baker was Rowena Agostini.
Rowena Agostini - Pie Winner
Roger Baum (great grandson of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum) speaks as he receives his star on the Missouri Walk of Fame.
Roger Baum
Leeman and Freeman Kleier spoke about their time as crew members aboard Air Force One at the Webster County Museum. The Kleier twins are Webster County natives and displayed a variety of memorabilia from the presidential aircraft.  Click to see article and see video at
Leeman Kleier
Shannon Lanier (sixth great grandson of President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Heming descendant), Chris Truscott ( descendant of President Thomas Jefferson), Devon Nixon (great nephew of President Richard Nixon) and George Cleveland (grandson of President Grover Cleveland) pose together following being honored with the 2008 Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative following the annual Presidential Forum.
Hubble Medial of Initiative Winners

2008 Webster County's Pearl Harbor widows were honored with the 2008 Cherry Blossom Medal at the Harry S Truman Symposium. Pictured (left to right) Norma Pringle, Ruth Burkey and Vi Davis Little.  John Truman is pictured in the background.  Truman was joined by Greg Roosevelt in bestowing the medals on the ladies.
Cherry Blossom Medal Winners
The 2008 annual "Harry S Truman Symposium" featured a panel of Pearl Harbor survivors and was moderated by Danny Cheek of Kona, Hawaii. The panel members took a moment to pose with John Truman (far left) and Greg Roosevelt (far right) after the symposium.
Pearl Harbor Survivors
Lois Farnsworth, local chairman of the Pennies for Pearl Harbor campaign addressed those present at the Harry S Truman Symposium concerning the building of the new visitor center in Hawaii.  
Click here to access Pennies for Pearl Harbor website.
Click here to access page where Nicholas Inman is presenting check to the Governor of Hawaii.
Pennies for Pearl Harbor

Cherry Blossom Queen Ashley Marlin & Cherry Blossom Princess Desiree Hicks
Queen & Princess
Former President George & Barbara Bush were unable to be at the Cherry Blossom Festival, so Nicholas Inman  and Debbie Chapman traveled to present them with their medals.
Click on the picture to view a larger image.
George & Barbara Bush accepting their Hubble Medals of Initiative
Photo Credit: George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, Chandler Arden Photographer.
Tom Carnahan receives the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative for his 
work with wind energy during the 2008 cherry blossom festival.

Tom Carnahan
Tom Washington unveils a bust of his Presidential relative,

Tom Washington