Former president uses lectern made by students in DeFuniak Springs

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM.

“I can see that the gift of the lecterns became a gift to so many others in such special ways,” said Mitchell. “This was intended to be another Florida Chautauqua Assembly project-based learning opportunity with students of the Walton County School District, but it became so much more. Wow! This is what the Chautauqua learning experience for all ages is all about.”

The lectern Mitchell gave to Mrs. Carter will remain in Plains and will be used in the auditorium of Plains High School Museum for the newly revived Plains Chautauqua (which will be held again in May) and other historical events. 

“We’re replacing our store-bought lectern and will put this one in its place,” said Gary Ingram, superintendent of the National Park Service’s Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.  “The National Park Service and Gary Ingram personally, are very thankful.”

To see the video presentations of the lecterns and President and Mrs. Carter’s remarks at the Plains Depot Rededication Ceremony, visit the video page at

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