During the weekend of January 6-7, 2018, C-SPAN 2, known as Book TV, aired a number of stories about the history and significance of Springfield, Missouri, including an 8:42 interview with MSU Dean Library Services Thomas A. Peters, about his recent biography of John T. Woodruff, one of the leading developers and civic leaders in the history of Springfield.
Other segments included interviews with:
- Author Samantha Mosier, Creating Organic Standards in the United States: The Diffusion of State Organic Food and Agriculture Legislation – Missouri State University
- Author Bill Piston, Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It. Piston is an emeritus professor from MSU
- Neal Lopinot, director for the Center for Archaeological Research at Missouri State University, shared the story of the Deleware tribe that once inhabited an area south of Springfield.
- In 1865, Wild Bill Hickok shot gambler Davis Tutt in Springfield, Missouri’s town square. It is thought to be the first one-on-one quick draw gun battle of the American West. Jami Lewis, Missouri State Historical Society archivist, shared Hickok’s story and why his fame grew after the incident.
During this preparatory week prior to the start of the Spring Semester of 2018 at MSU, crews were busy in the lobby of Duane G. Meyer Library assembling new furniture. Here’s a “before” photo taken early Monday morning, when the space was bare, with a shiny newly waxed floor, followed by another photo taken late Wednesday afternoon, after most of the new furniture had been assembled and installed. The window wall on the south side of the lobby also has been retrofitted with plentiful array of outlets, both the traditional type and USB.
Battlefield Atlas of Price’s Missouri Expedition of 1864 is intended to serve as an educational reference for the Westport and Mine Creek staff rides. The Atlas is divided into seven parts. Part I, Missouri’s Divided Loyalties, and Part II, Missouri’s Five Seasons, provide an overview of Missouri’s history from the initial settlement of the Louisiana Purchase Territories through the opening years of the American Civil War. The remaining parts cover the Confederate plan, the Confederate movement into Missouri and the Union reaction, the Confederate retreat and Union pursuit into Kansas, and the final Confederate escape back into Arkansas. The atlas has a standard format with the map on the left and the narrative on the right. Each narrative closes with two or more primary source vignettes. These vignettes provide an overview of the events shown on the map and discussed in the narrative from the perspective of persons who participated in the events. In most cases there are two vignettes with the first from a person loyal to the Union and the second from a person who supported the Southern cause. A few narratives have two or more vignettes from only the Union side. This was done to emphasize disagreements and struggles among senior leaders to establish a common course of action. Map 25, Decision at the Little Blue River, is a good example and the three vignettes emphasize the disagreement between Maj. Gen. Samuel Curtis and his subordinate, Maj. Gen. James Blunt on where to locate the Union defensive line.
On Saturday evening, January 6, 2018, a dinner was held in the Crystal Room of the old Kentwood Arms Hotel, now MSU’s Kentwood Hall, to celebrate the 150th birthday of John T. Woodruff. Woodruff who lived from 1868 until 1949, and was active in Springfield from 1904 until approximately 1945, was the paragon of civic engagement, building a number of large, important buildings, including the Woodruff Building, the Colonial Hotel, Hotel Sansone, the Kentwood Arms, and the Frisco Office Building. He also brought many institutions and jobs to Springfield, including the Frisco West Maintenance and Repair Shops and O’Reilly Army Hospital.
Ron Warnick’s Route 66 News Blog ran a story about the dinner, and KOLR10, a local Springfield TV station, aired a segment about the event, too.
The Springfield African American Read-In (AARI), a collaborative effort of the Missouri State University Libraries, the Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield Public Schools, Drury University, and the Springfield Branch of the NAACP, is entering its ninth year. Under the leadership of Grace Jackson-Brown, a library science faculty member here, the MSU Libraries, acting as the lead institution and fiscal agent for the group, recently received a $1,450 grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to create an AARI website, a brochure, and other materials to promote AARI efforts in Springfield. The grant will help the local AARI initiative to build toward a strong and successful 10th Anniversary year in 2019. The Springfield AARI has an event scheduled next month on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Springfield Art Museum.
The National Council of Teachers of English supports the National AARI. Quoting from the NCTE Council Chronicle of November 2014, “The African American Read-In (AARI) . . . is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors.”
Meet MSU Libraries’ Student Employee of the Month, Thurman Conner!
Works in: Infant Through Grade 12 Resources (IG12)
Major: Mass Media/Media Production
Favorite Book & TV Series: Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire series
Something students should know about the libraries:
“You can meet a lot of interesting people at the library and get a lot done.”
The Fall/Winter 2017 issue of OzarksWatch Magazine was published in December, and will be mailed to subscribers in January. Susan Croce Kelly (managing editor), Nathan Neuschwander (graphic designer), and Rachel Besara (editor) brought out this great issue, which features a cover photo of an “Accident on MO Super Highway 1925” (i.e., a dirt road), eight articles about historic photographers of the Ozarks, five book reviews, two poems, and several other articles and features. Through January 31, 2018, a special is available for new subscribers: Subscribe for one year ($16) and receive two year’s worth — four issues — of OzarksWatch Magazine. Upcoming issues will focus on the bicentennial of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s Excellent Adventure (April 2018), Death and Burial Customs of the Ozarks (November 2018), Prohibition and the World of Spirits in the Ozarks (April 2019), Ozarks Rivers and Waterways (November 2019), and Chroniclers of the Ozarks, from the earliest French and Spanish explorers to the present (April 2020). OzarksWatch Magazine is published by the Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries.
Joyce Stefka, long-time Executive Assistant II here in the MSU Libraries, has announced her plans to retire from Missouri State University at the end of January. She will be sorely missed! Her personnel file is chock full of thank-you notes from groups and individuals that Joyce has helped over the years. She began working at MSU in 1991, with over 26 years of service to the students, faculty, staff, and friends of MSU. Prior to coming to MSU, Joyce worked in a number of positions at various organizations throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, including the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and what is now Fort Hays State University in Fort Hays, Kansas. Joyce also has been a small-business owner, operating Delectable Collectibles in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, in the late Eighties. Joyce and her husband Art plan to continue enjoying their children and grandchildren. Joyce’s garden may expand, too. Congratulations, Joyce, and thank you for all you have done for MSU.
The refurbishment of the southwest quadrant of the Second Level of Duane G. Meyer Library on the Springfield campus of Missouri State University was well-nigh completed over the winter holiday break now ending. We’re just waiting for a few missing parts and pieces, but the area is ready to use now. The new space, known affectionately by some as “The Wedge,” sports new carpeting, more electrical outlets, great views of campus, and completely new furniture. More popular little study pods known as Brodies have been added, as well as many other different types of seating. The Wedge also contains some Fit Desks (exercycles) as well as several treadmills with large work surfaces. As the Romans used to say, Mens Sana in Corpore Sano (A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body)! The multi-year initiative to refurbish and revitalize the Duane G. Meyer Library will continue. Before the Spring Semester begins on January 16th, the main lobby on the First Level will be completely refurbished, too.
Meet MSU Libraries’ Student Employee of the Month for January, Stephanie Lor!
Works in: Meyer Library’s Circulation
Major: Global Studies
Favorite Book: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Something students should know about the libraries:
“One thing I think students should know about the library is that if you ever need help with your research at all, the librarians would gladly help you with it. Also, the library has comfortable chairs.”