Middle School Student Leading Museum Support Rally

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A student at Marietta Middle School is working hard to make sure the Campus Martius Museum's doors stay open

"When I was little we used to go on field trips to Campus Martius, and at a young age I loved history. We'd go through the museum, and I just thought it was so cool. I kept wanting to go back again and again," Cheyenne Lemasters, an eighth grade student, said.

But now the museum that's been such a big part of Lemasters' life may have to temporarily close. When she heard it was in desperate need of more funding, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

"She had ideas about how we could save Campus Martius, and most notably she said "I know this really does matter,'" Judi Perrin, one of Lemasters' teachers said.

And so when Cheyenne came across a "This Place Matters" program that helps preserve historic places, she knew there was hope.

"They won't know what they're missing, and history is a big part of Marietta. Campus Martius is definitely a big part of Marietta. It was the first settlement in Ohio, so we need to keep it here and we need to keep it funded and keep it up and running for everyone to see," Lemasters said.

The plan is to have a rally outside the museum where a large group of supporters will take a picture with signs that say "This Place matters" to show how much the museum matters to the community.

"It just makes you numb to think that somebody this young can think so much about history and of these museums in this town to do something like this," LeAnn Hendershot, the museum's interim manager, said.

"I'm hoping for a really big group of people and a lot of support," Lemasters said.

Support from the community that could ultimately support the museum.

The rally is set for Friday at 4 p.m. in front of the museum.

Officials say it may be moved indoors depending on the weather.

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