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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.
Rivers of the Ozarks, then and now, changes and challenges. http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/lifestyles/andy-ostmeyer-searching-for-the-real-american-value-along-an/article_c5bed82e-2c23-58bd-80fa-854e7a90b619.html
WELCH SPRING — Maybe it would have been better if ’possum hadn’t been on the menu.
Fall '18. Back in the classroom after a five-year hiatus. Tell your favorite MSU undergrad.
Tonight in the PSU Theater at MSU. https://calendar.missouristate.edu/viewevent.aspx?eventid=98059&occurrenceid=185694
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, April 09, 2018 - Plaster Student Union, Robert W. - Room: Theater
And just when Jason Bateman was giving the regional name a little cachet. Apparently the folks down at headquarters don't watch Netflix -- or maybe they do. https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2018/03/16/why-a-bank-with-a-big-tampa-bay-presence-is.html
The bank is rebranding to reflect its growing footprint.
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.
A new glossy magazine for the Ozarks. Now what to call it? http://harrisondaily.com/ozarks_magazine/first-edition-of-ozarks-now-available/article_a8634430-2313-11e8-8d8c-435f5e625e59.html
It seems spring is just around the corner and we are all excited about getting back outdoors to resume the activities that make the Ozarks such a perfect place to
The premiere of the documentary, "Dogpatch U.S.A.: An Average Stone-Age Community", will be at the Durand Center in Harrison, Ark., May 18. https://ticketbud.com/events/2bc1532c-23fe-11e8-83e9-1f0d04aea7fd
Dogpatch Documentary Film Premiere Event and Showing - May 18, 2018 at Harrison, AR 72601, USA. Find event and ticket information on Ticketbud.
The Ozarks received an influx of Louisiana folks after Katrina. More geographically unlikely, but perhaps there could be a Maria influx as well. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/why-a-white-town-paid-for-a-class-called-hispanics-101/2018/03/07/ca37a44a-1cd1-11e8-ae5a-16e60e4605f3_story.html?utm_term=.1b0f9d6c5981
Branson, Mo., teaches the town’s employers how to lure workers from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.
The region gets its own computer game. Even if you're not a gamer, this'll be interesting. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rubbergardener/the-lost-cave-of-the-ozarks
Explore the forgotten history and deepest, darkest secrets of The Lost Cave of the Ozarks.
Painting a found home in the Ozarks. https://www.westplainsdailyquill.net/features/arts_and_entertainment/article_82951548-1e69-11e8-ab01-1395d956f79d.html
The Willow Springs Arts Council will present an exhibit of original oil paintings by Ozark artist Lee Copen from March 10 through 24 on the second floor of the Ferguson
Unexpected? Troubling? Interesting, to say the least -- and not your typical story out of the Ozarks. http://kuaf.com/post/reclusive-ozarks-commune-operates-under-veil-violence#stream/0
The Purple People have inhabited the reclusive Nahziryah Monastic Community, deep in the Ozarks wilderness of Marion County, for more than 20 years. Led by
Very late notice, but if you happen to be in NW Arkansas this afternoon stop by and see and hear Blake Perkins talk about "Hillbilly Hellraisers". https://news.uark.edu/articles/41015/historian-talks-hillbilly-hellraiseres
J. Blake Perkins, assistant professor of history at Williams Baptist College, will give a lecture on Ozark defiance at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Gearhart Hall Auditorium, Room 26.
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...
Just where is the Ozarks, anyhow? Everyone has an opinion. https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2018/02/18/answer-man-when-people-say-ozarks/338906002/
Are you trying to tell me that part of Kansas and maybe even Illinois is part of 'the Ozarks'?
How Armadillos Ended Up At Lake Of The Ozarks (And Three Incredible Abilities That Help Them Survive)
Money washers for the Mexican drug cartels -- and armadillos. The Lake of the Ozarks continues to draw visitors from way down south. https://www.lakeexpo.com/news/lake_news/how-armadillos-ended-up-at-lake-of-the-ozarks-and/article_389b18b8-10fc-11e8-8e7e-771710f92172.html
Native to the rainforest, these critters have some bizarre abilities.
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.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...
Didn't see this in time to get you to the premiere, but the exhibit should be up for a while. Intriguing story of one of the last African-American communities in the rural Ozarks. https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2018/02/08/familys-stories-king-davis-family-subject-photo-exhibit/319269002/
Davis was an African-American farmer who owned over 1,000 acres in Wright County in the early 1900s.
C-SPAN's Book TV in Fayetteville. https://www.c-span.org/video/?440640-1/book-tv-fayetteville-arkansas
C-SPAN's Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) make a stop in their '2018 LCV Cities Tour' in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to feature the history and literary life of the community.
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
C-SPAN spent a lot of time in the Ozarks before and after Christmas. In case you missed C-SPAN's Springfield weekend last month, here's a link to the network's Book TV programming. https://www.c-span.org/video/?438751-1/book-tv-springfield-missouri
C-SPAN's Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) make a stop in their '2017 LCV Cities Tour' in Springfield, Missouri, to feature the history and literary life of the community.
The latest on the state of the post-industrial Ozarks. http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/24/epidemic-despair-whites-ozarks-dying-greater-rates/1051913001/
Is any publicity good publicity? And how about "Ozarks noir"? Just good fiction, or cultural slandering? http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article196716564.html
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is the latest piece of pop culture set in the Ozarks. Others: Netflix’s “Ozark,” “Gone Girl” and “Winter’s Bone.”
Interesting news in historic preservation. http://ccheadliner.com/news/restoration-to-begin-on-ozark-mill/article_ebce6cb2-0073-11e8-b722-9b37babb8c8e.html
“Finally.” That word seemed to be a central theme on various Facebook posts Jan. 17 after noted conservationist and Ozarks native Johnny Morris announced plans to begin efforts to restore
Another interesting story from the region's busiest and best chronicler. What's the most important institution for a rural community's survival and identity? http://www.ozarksalive.com/usps-considers-reopening-zanoni-post-office/
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.
We don't see a lot of headlines for "sang" arrests -- or for the arrests of septuagenarian couples. http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Ozarks-couple-pleads-guilty-to-trafficking-ginseng-467466153.html
The case dates back to 2013.
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/
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.
The new owners of old Dogpatch may be serious about this. At least the production values are solid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwY1Tg2nqlw&feature=share
Heritage USA Ozarks Resort, plans for Dogpatch USA in Marble Falls, Arkansas, 45 minutes south of Branson. HeritageUSA.com (Preliminary plans. May be subject...
Though technically from the Ouachitas, he spent almost forty years in the Ozarks and wrote a terrific biography of one of the region's most famous and controversial figures, Orval Faubus -- among many other accomplishments. So we'll claim, and miss, Roy Reed. http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/dec/11/arkansan-civil-rights-reporter-roy-reed-1/
One of Arkansas' foremost journalists died Sunday night.
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...
Seems like we've heard this one before. http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/plans-for-former-dogpatch-theme-park-to-become-resort/876087292
JASPER, Ark. -- Dogpatch USA may be returning, as a conservative entertainment company is now leasing the land.
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.
A good article on novelist Steve Wiegenstein and his new novel. He'll be signing books at Neighborhood Reads in Washington, MO, Thursday evening. http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/20171102/arts-profile-missouris-ozarks-scene-of-historical-novel
Wiegenstein’s latest novel, “The Language of Trees,” whisks readers to Madison County and Missouri’s eastern Ozarks.
Trout aren't indigenous to the Ozarks, and most are stocked. The Crane Creek rainbows are an example of a population that reproduces in the wild -- and have been doing so since the 19th century. http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2017/11/02/rare-mccloud-rainbows-crane-creek-get-unusual-ally-new-bridge/727448001/
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.
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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