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Missouri State University Ozarks Studies The Ozarks Studies Program and Minor at Missouri State University

Missouri State University's one-of-a-kind Ozarks Studies Program provides students the opportunity to study the history, geography, and culture of one of North America's most fascinating regions.


Fall '18. Back in the classroom after a five-year hiatus. Tell your favorite MSU undergrad.

Sense of Community

If you missed KSMU's week of programming on Firearms in the Ozarks, here you go: http://ksmu.org/programs/sense-community

From poverty concerns to major policy decisions, this series dives beyond the headlines to provide in-depth coverage of issues facing people and

A black woman won her freedom in court. Then Springfield’s founders beat her in a street.

Greene County, MO archivist Connie Yen, one of the first students in MSU's Ozarks Studies program when it started back in 2010, discovered the long-forgotten story of Milly's suit for her freedom and the mistreatment she endured because of it. Read it here: https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2018/03/21/springfields-founder-incited-1836-mob-beat-free-black-woman-ransacked-governors-ho-court-records-sho/732398001/

An archivist, a librarian and a historian shed light on rediscovered court documents involving Springfield's founder and a free black woman.

Old-time Ozarks music gathering | Ozark County Times

It'll be worth fighting the weather for -- Gainesville on Saturday morning. http://www.ozarkcountytimes.com/news-local-news/old-time-ozarks-music-gathering

Old-time Ozarks music gathering Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:37pm admin The Ozark County Historium in Gainesville will host an old-time music get-together at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The event, honoring Ozarks gatherings such as the McClurg music jam, pictured here, will begin with a discussion about old-t...

Three Events to Celebrate Opening of Opera in the Ozarks Archives

Most of us may prefer our music opry style, but there are other things going on in the Ozarks. Here's one that's been going on for a long time -- long enough to build an archival collection. https://news.uark.edu/articles/40915/three-events-to-celebrate-opening-of-opera-in-the-ozarks-archives

The University Libraries, the Department of Music and the Opera in the Ozarks are partnering to host a three-part series of events to celebrate the opening of the Opera in the Ozarks archives.

PB native's photos document Ozarks society, culture

From the other side of the region -- that is, from the perspective of the Springfield Plain. https://www.semissourian.com/story/2483779.html

"We catched fish and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness," is a quote from Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It is also the inspiration for Poplar Bluff native Kayla Huett, who uses photography to document the essence of life in rural Missouri...

The famous and sometimes dubious Ozark Hillbilly Medallion

Who knew there were so many honorary hillbillies? http://ccheadliner.com/opinion/the-famous-and-sometimes-dubious-ozark-hillbilly-medallion/article_5085ea7c-0844-11e8-a9d7-c76f760a35ca.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

MOzarkers have long had a love-hate relationship with the stereotypical and dismissive term “hillbilly.” Once used derisively, and now used as a marketing tool by area businesses who cater to

Some love for the Ozarks: ‘Best new attraction’ and one of the top cities to visit

Worth the wait? Reckon so. Wonders of Wildlife named best new attraction of 2017 by USA Today. Better than the Evel Knievel Museum and Elvis Presley's Memphis. http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article193980654.html

The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum in Springfield was named the country’s best new attraction by USA Today, and Branson was named among best places to visit in the world by The New York Times.


Seems fitting on the 8th of January to mention that 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the release of Jimmy Driftwood's first RCA album, the one that featured his original version of "The Battle of New Orleans". The archives at the University of Central Arkansas, Jimmy's alma mater, houses a massive collection of his papers and items. http://uca.edu/archives/m98-02-jimmy-driftwood-collection/

Dogpatch USA Documentary Film

Coming this spring -- a documentary recounting the colorful quarter-century of Dogpatch, USA. Look for the premiere in Harrison in May 2018 and follow the doc's progress at https://www.facebook.com/DogpatchUSA.documentary/.

This Dogpatch USA Documentary film focuses on the historical significance, highlights, community influence, attractions and features.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

You know what anniversary we mark today? Okay, that too, but it's also the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove, one of the largest Civil War battles in the Ozarks. Take time to read William Shea's "Fields of Blood" one of these days and make a point to visit the terrific state park commemorating the battle. https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/prairiegrovebattlefield/

To contact the park:  479-846-2990 Recognized nationally as one of America's most intact Civil War battlefields, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park&n...

Two oldest structures on their original foundations west of the Mississippi River located in northern Arkansas - Talk Business & Politics

Here's an interesting piece on some old structures in the southeastern part of the Ozarks. A lot of work has gone into preserving and studying these buildings. https://talkbusiness.net/2017/12/two-oldest-structures-on-their-original-foundations-west-of-the-mississippi-river-located-in-northern-arkansas/

Historic preservationist Joan Gould loves to search the off-beaten paths and back roads in Arkansas. She was on one of these adventures in northern Randolph County near the town of...

HBO Documentary 'Meth Storm' Explores Drug's Scourge In Rural Arkansas

If you missed HBO's new documentary, "Meth Storm" (set in Van Buren Co., Arkansas), it's coming on again late tonight -- and probably several more times in the coming weeks. http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/11/27/documentary-meth-storm-arkansas

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud about how a potent form of meth and a lack of economic opportunity are devastating one community.


Come out Sunday and talk "Hardball in the Hills" with MSU's Brooks Blevins -- at the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville, Ark., 2:00.


Howard Wight Marshall will discuss his new book Friday night at 7:00 in the Meyer Library Auditorium on the MSU campus. Music provided.


The end of baseball season got you down? Relief is on the way. Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 19, at 2:00. MSU's Dr. Brooks Blevins will be talking about the history of baseball in the Ozarks in "Hardball in the Hills" at the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville, AR. Free and open to the public.

World War I draft resisters hid out in isolated Ozarks canyon

Interesting article and destination. For a more thorough treatment of World War I draft resistance, however, see chapter 3 of J. Blake Perkins's new book "Hillbilly Hellraisers." http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/world-war-i-draft-resisters-hid-out-in-isolated-ozarks/article_73d15347-ba16-540c-b24c-9f935c6e6e2e.html

COMPTON, Ark. — On Arkansas Highway 43, past Grubb Springs but just before Possum Trot, a gnarled forest road cuts off to the east.



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