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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.

We made the top ten! -- of worst cities to live in. The Ozark region's largest city is one of the nation's worst to live...
16/06/2018
Are these the worst cities to live in? Study looks at quality of life across the U.S.

We made the top ten! -- of worst cities to live in. The Ozark region's largest city is one of the nation's worst to live in, according to this study. At least we're ahead of St. Louis. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/economy/2018/06/13/50-worst-cities-to-live-in/35909271/

24/7 Wall St. created an index with measures in eight categories -- crime, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure -- to identify the 50 worst cities to live in.

30/05/2018
Asa Hutchinson (1950–) - Encyclopedia of Arkansas

Did you know? When Hickory County native and Polk County resident Mike Parson replaces Eric Greitens as governor of Missouri on Friday, it will mark the first time in more than sixty-one years that Missouri and Arkansas have simultaneously had governors who are natives of the Ozarks. Way back when it was Phil Donnelly (Laclede Co., MO) and Orval Faubus (Madison Co., AR). We look forward to the development of Missouri's online encyclopedia, but for now here's a sketch of Arkansas's current governor, a native of Benton County: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=4517

William Asa Hutchinson first gained national attention as the youngest district attorney in the nation in 1982. He went on to represent the Third District of Arkansas in Congress as a Republican from 1997 to 2001, resigning his post on August 6, 2001, to become the director of the Drug Enforcement A...

Another Ozarks history/murder book on the way, from author Connie Yen.
25/05/2018

Another Ozarks history/murder book on the way, from author Connie Yen.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the grand opening of Dogpatch, USA, the backwoods Arkansas theme park based on Al Ca...
18/05/2018
Step Back In Time

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the grand opening of Dogpatch, USA, the backwoods Arkansas theme park based on Al Capp's popular comic strip, "Lil' Abner". Fitting then that the first feature-length documentary chronicling the park's story premiers tonight in Harrison, Ark. http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/may/13/step-back-in-time-20180513/

The story has to start way back in 1934, when a cartoonist named Al Capp envisioned a place called Dogpatch.

The broadcast premiere of the 20th anniversary special is coming up next week on OPT. http://www.optv.org/programs/ozark...
17/05/2018
OzarksWatch Video Magazine | Programs | Ozarks Public TV

The broadcast premiere of the 20th anniversary special is coming up next week on OPT. http://www.optv.org/programs/ozarkswatch-video-magazine/

This fall marks the 20th anniversary of one of our most popular programs – OzarksWatch Video Magazine. Over the past two decades, the show has brought us great interviews, beautiful locations across the Ozarks, performances from local artists, stories of our collective history, and time-honored tr...

Just a little more than two weeks away from the premiere of "Dogpatch: An Average Stone-Age Community" at the Durand Cen...
02/05/2018
“Dogpatch: An Average Stone-Age Community” — Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 2pm — #FilmsAtTheLyric! – The Historic Lyric Theater – Harrison, Arkansas

Just a little more than two weeks away from the premiere of "Dogpatch: An Average Stone-Age Community" at the Durand Center in Harrison. Or you can catch a matinee the following day at the Lyric on the square. http://thelyricharrison.org/2018/04/04/dogpatch-an-average-stone-age-community-saturday-may-19-2018-at-2pm-filmsatthelyric/

Tickets on sale now!Click here to choose your tickets and get the best seats! Jeff Carter Productions New Documentary:Dogpatch: An Average Stone-Age Community Saturday, May 19 at 2:00PM Jeff Carter Productions will present a new documentary on “the history, excitement and entertainment that was, a...

Looking forward to the 12th annual Ozarks Studies Symposium in West Plains in September. Here's the call for proposals. ...
30/04/2018
Call for Proposals

Looking forward to the 12th annual Ozarks Studies Symposium in West Plains in September. Here's the call for proposals. https://ozarksymposium.wp.missouristate.edu/call-for-proposals.htm

The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its 12th annual symposium to be held in the West Plains Civic Center on September 20-22, 2018. The theme of the 2018 symposium is "Social Architecture and Foundations of the Ozarks." This broad theme is intende...

The new issue of OzarksWatch Magazine is out, just in time to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Henry Rowe Schoolcraf...
30/04/2018

The new issue of OzarksWatch Magazine is out, just in time to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft's adventure in the Ozarks.

Fall '18. Back in the classroom after a five-year hiatus. Tell your favorite MSU undergrad.
10/04/2018

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

If you missed KSMU's week of programming on Firearms in the Ozarks, here you go: http://ksmu.org/programs/sense-communit...
02/04/2018
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

Greene County, MO archivist Connie Yen, one of the first students in MSU's Ozarks Studies program when it started back i...
22/03/2018
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.

It'll be worth fighting the weather for -- Gainesville on Saturday morning. http://www.ozarkcountytimes.com/news-local-n...
22/02/2018
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...

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 go...
15/02/2018
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.

From the other side of the region -- that is, from the perspective of the Springfield Plain. https://www.semissourian.co...
13/02/2018
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...

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