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.