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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A new year, a lot of fun in store!

2018 is shaping up to be a busy year at the Historium! We have a new quilt exhibit in place right now, through March 15, featuring the works of sisters Martha Martin and Donna Lemons of Dora. Their contrasting styles of quilting (Martha does hand work, while Donna prefers machine!) makes for a unique exhibit.

Valentine's Day was celebrated with a basket-making workshop led by Michelle Werther of Protem and Sis Green of Theodosia. Eight participants each made a beautiful basket, start to finish, in one day! A second workshop is planned for March 14, and a third will be held if there is enough interest.

Old-time music is on the menu for Saturday morning, February 24. Guest blogger Kaitlyn McConnell, who writes about a wide variety of interesting Ozarks cultural  phenomena, will join us and will host a discussion with musicians such as H.K. Silvey, Alvie Dooms and J.R. Johnston, who are some of the best (and sadly, some of the few remaining) old-time musicians. After the discussion, music will ring through the rafters of the Historium! Join us if you can for this fun morning of music and information.

Monday, June 5, 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest book, Called to the Colors, Ozark County in World War I! Now available for purchase at the Historium or by mail, this book is a collection of letters, photos and stories about the Ozark County men who served in the military during the Great War. The lyrical, poignant, first-hand accounts of their experiences brings to life a time that is now a century in the past. The timing of the book's publication coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the United States' entry into the war.

This beautiful, 106-page book, measuring 8 1/2" x 11" with original cover artwork by local artist Milan Chisam, was written and compiled by Dr. Mary Ruth (Luna) Sparks, whose husband, Mike, is a long-time volunteer at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. In addition to the many letters written by the men, there are articles about how the home folks supported the war effort with fund-raising and in other ways. Hundreds of Ozark County families were involved, in one way or another.

This book will be a valuable addition to the library of anyone with family ties to Ozark County. It can be purchased for $15 at the Ozark County Historium, or we will mail it for $20.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy New Year from the Historium!

Charlotte Taylor
Even though it is early in the new year, we are busy planning many exciting and fun events for the Historium in 2017! We've already gotten a new exhibit of quilts in place, so plan to stop by soon to see Charlotte Taylor's colorful creations, which will be displayed through the end of February. Charlotte hails from Tecumseh and has been making quilts since 1984, about the time she and husband Lynn moved to Ozark County. Although she gives most of her quilts away to veterans and needy children, she has gathered up a group of beautifully varied and lovely quilts of all colors, patterns and sizes. Don't miss seeing these works of art!

Then, in March, we have a special treat -- the unique papier-mâché artwork of David Lakish of Thornfield! David is well known in the area for his paintings, and we've shown some of them in past exhibits. But this is different! If you have children or grandchildren, they will love David's birds, which are NOT ordinary birds. Remember the old children's song, "Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie...?" Well, David has recreated that song, but with a twist: it's a pizza pie! Yes, this is going to be FUN! Spring Break from area schools will allow families time to come in together during the Historium's hours of operation of 10-2, Monday through Friday. Watch the local newspaper for more details.

The Historium Quilt Group continues to grow and thrive! The next meetings are January 27, February 10 and February 24. If you're interested in making a quilt and enjoy the fellowship of other quilters, this group might just be for you. Stop by and check us out on one of those Fridays, starting at 9:00 a.m. If you want to join, it's free, and we promise it's fun!

Stay tuned for more upcoming events at the Historium. 2017 promises to be a great year, with many more ideas on the back burner. We'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Join us for Christmas music at the Historium! On Saturday afternoon, December 10, at 1:30 p.m., as part of The Wonders of Christmas, the Historium will host three local choirs singing a wide selection of Christmas music. Other activities that afternoon include a parade, Little Miss and Mr. Merry Christmas pageant, craft and food booths, and the reading of the Christmas story. What better way to boost your own Christmas spirit a notch than to join this community event! First Christian Church, Theodosia United Methodist Church and the community choir led by First Baptist Church will take turns sharing songs they're preparing for worship. Come be a part of this small-town celebration of a special season.

Friday, November 4, 2016

In 2017...

In remembrance of the United States' entry into the Great War in 1917, we will be publishing a booklet of letters written by Ozark Countians who served in the military during that conflict. If your relative served in WWI and you have letters they wrote back home, please share them with us! Contact the Historium at 417-679-2400 or send a message to

Coming Soon!

Did your family have its photo featured on a Christmas card "back in the day?" If so, share yours with us, please! We're gathering as many of these gems as we can for an exhibit coming this winter. We can scan your original and give it back to you. Drop it at the Historium to have this done, or mail it to: Historium, PO Box 4, Gainesville, MO, 65655. We'll send your card back to you.