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.

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!