Friday, March 8, 2019

We are so excited about a new opportunity coming to the Ozark County Historium! On Thursday evening, April 18, 2019, artist/teacher Jim Tindall of Mtn. Home, Ark., will be at our place to teach YOU how to create this beautiful scene! Jim is well known throughout the area and teaches numerous classes, which always fill up. The cost to participate is $45, and that covers instruction and all supplies. All you do is show up and learn and have fun! The class will start at 5:30, but come a bit early to claim your place. At the end of the evening, you'll take home a beautiful painting to display with your very own signature on it. We do need to know in advance if you would like to be part of this class, and we are asking that you pay in advance. To sign up, email, or just go ahead and mail you check or money order to The Ozark County Historium, PO Box 4, Gainesville MO 65655. Or you can drop your payment at the Historium; we're open 10-2, Monday through Friday. We anticipate that this will be a very popular event, so don't wait -- save your place now!

Jim Tindall

Sunday, March 3, 2019

We are very excited about a special guest who will visit the Ozark County Historium on Thursday morning, March 7 ... none other than famous Missourian Mark Twain! Please plan to join us at 10:00 a.m., for this special presentation. Don Nicholson, who lives in Hannibal as did his inspiring muse, will be in character and in costume to share some of the author's wit and wisdom. This event is free to everyone, so plan now to join us! The Historium is easy to find on the west side of the square in Gainesville, with convenient parking and handicapped access.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Ozark County Historium is excited to be hosting Dr. Phillip Howerton on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 10:00. Dr. Howerton will be speaking about his newly-published book,  The Literature of the Ozarks: An Anthology. The anthology includes varied writers such as an Osage priest, a Pulitzer-prize-winning poet and African Americans, as well as native-born writers. Howerton is a poet, editor and professor of English at MSU-WP, and is an Ozarker with an interesting and inspiring life story of his own. Come and hear Dr. Howerton talk about Ozarks literature. Perhaps he can also be persuaded to read some of his wonderful poetry! This event is free and open to all.

On February 26, Michelle Werther and Sis Green will teach an advanced basket-weaving class. Cost is $60 for instruction and all supplies; contact the Historium to sign up at 417-679-2400 or email

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 -- A Year of Good Things at the Historium!

Happy New Year! It is always exciting to have a new calendar, to turn those inviting blank pages and to begin to add events and important dates. The same is true for the Ozark County Historium, as we begin to plan for 2019. And we aren't being hesitant -- right away we have something coming up!

On Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 10:00, we will host our first event of this new year. We have invited a group of folks from the Theodosia area to join us for a morning of remembering, laughing and sharing. These folks are of a "certain vintage," and they have lots to share! Among those planning to join this discussion are H.K. Silvey, Estel and Sue Robirds, Kermit Schofield and others. We'll make a bit pot of coffee, pass a plate of cookies and enjoy hearing these delightful folks reminisce and remind us of how things used to be in those good ole days.

Please plan to join us! If the weather should be too wintry to meet, we'll have a snow date of the following Thursday, January 31. And if it is successful, we will be planning some more Coffee and Conversation events, focusing on different areas in the county.

In recognition of the centennial of the passing of our constitution's 19th amendment, which finally gave women the right to vote in 1919, we have declared our theme for 2019 to be The Year of the Woman. Some of our events will be planned around this theme. We would like to identify as many women with ties to Ozark County as possible who have made some sort of contribution to areas like politics, education or business. However, this is not a complete list. For example, we've met a woman who was a "Rosie the Riveter" who is the inspiration for our theme.

We need your help in identifying women who deserve to be in the spotlight for a moment in time. If you know of a woman who has done something notable, please contact us via email at, by phone at 417-679-2400 or send us a real letter to Ozark County Historium, PO Box 4, Gainesville, MO, 65655. We'd like to have photos and a small story. 

The first issue of the Old Mill Run for 2019 will be coming out soon, so if you haven't already paid your dues, please take a moment and do so now! It is $20 per year, and you'll receive four issues of our popular newsletter. Mail dues to Ozark County Historium, PO Box 4, Gainesville MO 65655. If we have not received payment, you will not be mailed the newsletter.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Another special event!

And if one amazing program isn't enough, how about TWO! On December 13, at 10:00 a.m., join us again for a visit from Cowboy Rick Hamby, his wife Arkansas Bev, and Dennis "Wichita" Crider, as they share stories of their stagecoach journeys in the original 1888 coach from Silver Dollar City! The coach will also be out front, for you to see and enjoy. There is a beautiful new book with amazing photos of the journeys, which will be there for you to see and buy, if you wish (a wonderful Christmas gift for Western-style friends.) And you will hear the special connection this authentic stagecoach has to Ozark County (I'm not going to give it away -- you'll have to come and hear for yourself.) Rick and Bev have a radio show called Great Moments in American History, which airs on KUKU 100.3 FM, in Willow Springs. Dennis is an award-winning photographer and musician. All in all, the morning of December 13 is going to be really festive at the Historium! This event is free and open to all, so plan now to join us! Maybe we'll even rustle up some campfire coffee …

A Special Bicentennial Celebration!

Please Join Us! On December 6, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the Ozark County Historium, we will have a special guest. None other than Henry Rowe Schoolcraft himself will be on hand to tell us about his historic trek through the Ozarks TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO! In fact, it was on December 6, 1818, that Schoolcraft and his traveling companion, Levi Pettibone, camped along Lick Creek in present-day Ozark County! The two men are sometimes referred to as the "Lewis and Clark of the Ozarks." The intrepid explorer is well known because he was the first white man to document in journal form his travels through the rugged and unmapped wilderness through the area now known as the Ozarks. Schoolcraft will tell us how different the landscape was back then and will discuss how the last 200 years have impacted the environment. The Historium is proud to host a visit from such a distinguished historical figure. This event is free and open to all. Come early to be assured of a good seat! In the afternoon, Schoolcraft (also known as Dr. Robert Kipfer) will visit Gainesville Elementary School, where he will tell his tales to 4th through 8th graders.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

We are busy planning for a really special day -- Tuesday, March 6, 2018, will be our first Native American Day!!! We have three presenters coming to share several aspects of Native American culture. Carol Silvey of West Plains will give a historical overview, ending with the Trail of Tears. Vincent Anderson, archivist at the library in Mtn. Home, will bring research materials that are used to search one's Native American roots. Jim Decker, retired teacher from West Plains, and Pam Dale of Tecumseh, both avid collectors of artifacts, will have a display of some of their favorite finds and will discuss proper methods of searching and preserving artifacts. Please join us at 10:00 a.m. at the Historium for this fun day of celebrating Native Americans and their culture, especially as found in the Ozarks.