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.