Earlier this month, the Special Collections and Archives unit of the Missouri State University Libraries hosted middle-school students from the Springfield Public School’s Explore! program. This summer program allows students and their parents to select from a wide variety of courses tailored to spark their imagination and challenge their intellect. The 7th grade students who visited Meyer Library learned more about African American history in the Ozarks. Archivists from MSU’s Special Collections and from the State Historical Society of Missouri met with the students, showing them photographs and documents from this area, as well as explaining the importance of preserving history. This is the second year we have participated in this SPS program and we’re looking forward to two more classes visiting in July.