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Catalog Number HRHS-116
Collection Purcell Park Collection
Object Name Miscellaneous
Purcell Park opened as Fairview Community Playground in 1951 on land owned by Edward Purcell. In June, 1954 Edward Purcell sold his land to the City of Harrisonburg for $1, but only as long as the land was used as a playground and public recreation area. From this point forward the land was known as Purcell Park.

This collection contains information concerning the formation of Purcell Park in Harrisonburg, VA.

-Correspondence pertaining to the 1951 opening of Fairview Community Playground
-Various photos of 1951 community picnic
-Notices of annual community picnics, 1952, 1953
-Copy of deed dated June 21, 1954 showing land donated to the City of Harrisonburg from Edward S. Purcell and Kathryn B. Purcell
-Extract taken from the minutes of a meeting of the City Council dated August 10, 1954, naming the park in honor of Edward Purcell
-Typed article about the first community playground dated July 29, 1961
-Various newspaper articles concerning Purcell Park, 1971-2014

Title Purcell Park Collection