Monday, March 16, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: We are following the suggestions from the CDC and are suspending our regularly scheduled activities at the Ozark County Historium and will be closed for the next couple of weeks. It's a shame, because we'd LOVE to show you our current exhibit, Missouri's Struggle for Statehood. But hopefully we will be back up and running before too long. In the meantime, work on your family tree! Sort your family photos! Write your own personal story! Fill your self-isolation time with productive, meaningful work that will benefit future generations. Have fun!

Monday, March 9, 2020

We are so pleased to invite everyone to visit our new exhibit, The Struggle for Statehood! This wonderful display is a museum-quality exhibit and is on loan to us from the Missouri Humanities Council. In the photo, MHC employee Claire Bruntrager is shown after she came from St. Louis to help get the exhibit set up. We will be hosting this exhibit for five more weeks, so you have plenty of time to plan your visit. You'll be impressed, and you'll learn a lot about the history of Missouri, the impact it had on the Union and the controversy it inspired. Call our facility at 417-679-2400 for more information. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Welcome to 2020! It's going to be a great year at the Ozark County Historium, with several new things in the planning stages. First up is a new quilt exhibit, this time featuring the quilts of Virginia Gaskell McMurtrey of Dora.
Virginia has been making quilts for more than 60 years, and she estimates she has made a MINIMUM of 200 big quilts, as well as hundreds of small wallhangings, table runners, baby quilts, etc. She has shared a sampling of her work for us to display. Be sure to come in to the Historium to see it -- the display will continue until mid-March.

COMING SOON! Struggling for Statehood, an exhibit provided by the Missouri Humanities Council, will fill our space for six weeks, beginning March 2. As we approach the Bicentennial of the State of Missouri in 2021, we're thinking about what it took for Missouri to become a state. Come in when we have this fine exhibit to learn more about the process, which included the controversial Missouri Compromise.

CIVIL WAR DISCUSSION GROUP CONTINUES: On the third Thursday of each month, a group gathers at the Historium to discuss things that happened during the Civil War. If you are interested in the historic conflict and the effect it had on Ozark County, please join us! The next meeting will be on Thursday, February 20, at 10:00. A warm welcome and a hot coffee pot await you! Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Donna Murphy Walker

Our newest quilt exhibit at the Ozark County Historium is a varied collection from the delightful Donna Walker, Ozark County native now living in Ava, Mo.

Donna, age 92, has a life-long love affair with quilts and fabric! She owned a fabric store in Gainesville at one time, and she made her first quilt when she was 10 years old.

Please come by and see this wonderful, colorful display when you are in Gainesville. And look for the story about Donna in the Nov. 6, 2019 issue of the Ozark County Times!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Wouldn't you just LOVE to be able to say you painted this lovely scene? Well, you have that very opportunity! Jim Tindall, painting instructor extraordinaire, will return to the Historium on Tuesday, November 5, at 5:00 to teach this class. Cost is $50, which includes everything -- supplies and instruction (and maybe a homemade cookie!) Let us know if you'd like to join the class. Email at or call the Historium during hours of 10-2, Monday thru Friday, at 417-679-2400 to register. We'd ask that you prepay so we can be assured of having enough participants. It's going to be GREAT!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Finally, October is here! There is the promise of cooler weather and fall color ahead -- at the Historium, we cannot wait!

We have two things coming up this month that we're excited to announce! First, on Thursday, October 10, at 10:00 a.m., Dr. Brooks Blevins of MSU-Springfield will speak about his new book, History of the Ozarks, Volume 2--The Conflicted Ozarks. 

Dr. Blevins, who will have copies of his book for sale, is a gifted speaker, and this talk will surely be of interest to the many who are interested in knowing about the Civil War's impact on the Ozarks. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served! Hope to see a good crowd next week!

Second, Michelle Werther, our basket queen, is going to teach another beginner basket-making class on Tuesday, October 15, at 10:00. For this event, there is a charge -- $45, which covers instruction and all supplies. You'll go home at the end of the session with a small market basket like this:

Let us know if you'd like to be part of this class so we can have plenty of supplies on hand. You can call  the Historium at 417-679-2400 or email us at

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


An exciting new class is being offered at the Historium next month! Vicky York, Certified Master Porcelain Artist, will teach a beginner's china painting series in which participants will learn to paint a hummingbird on a china saucer. The cost is $100 for three painting sessions, three firings, all paint and supplies. Plus, Vicky will be conducting a tour of her home studio and firing room for those taking the class. Dates for the classes are Sept 4, 11 and 18, from 10-12, at the Historium.

Vicky began learning this beautiful craft at age 19, and she has become a Master, teaching all over the country and in Europe for many years. Her works have been featured on the covers of professional publications and she has won many awards at competitions and shows.

When Vicky and her husband retired to Ozark County two years ago, she decided she was not going to travel to teach any longer. But she paints every day and is now ready to do a few classes at the local level

You may sign up at the Historium or call there at 417-679-2400; or you can email at Classes must be prepaid, and a minimum of six participants is needed.

Many fine examples of Vicky's work are also now on display at the Historium and may be viewed during regular hours of operation -- 10-2, Monday through Friday. The exhibit will be in place through September 18. There is no charge to see these beautiful works of art.