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Diary offers a glimpse into 1934 Springfield

Diary offers a glimpse into 1934 Springfield

New Year’s Day                                                       January 1, 1934 Had a good time last night. Aunt Me and I went to the midnight show, ‘Convention City,’ at the Paramount…” This begins the 1934 diary of a Springfield teenager. Agnes Rita Walsh spends the next several months documenting her life – her plans, the people she knew, and…

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Meyer lobby cafe to be removed at last

Meyer lobby cafe to be removed at last

The shuttered cafe in the southwest corner of the Duane G. Meyer Library lobby will finally be removed by its parent company, Chartwells. Once known as OutTakes, the cafe served Starbucks coffee, snacks and pre-made lunches until approximately Spring 2022, when Chartwells decided to close it, citing a lack of profits. The leadership of Meyer Library lobbied for Chartwells to reopen the cafe, but they opted not to. “When we realized they were not going to reopen it, we asked…

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Steve Wiegenstein Speaks Tonight

Steve Wiegenstein Speaks Tonight

The Kentwood Series of talks and presentations about various facets of Ozarks history and life continues this evening (Thursday, July 11th) beginning at 7:00 p.m., when the renowned author, educator, and historian Steve Wiegenstein will speak. His talk will focus on utopian communities in Missouri, past and present. Nineteenth-century Missouri was home to several alternative communities, often termed “utopian communities” for their emphasis on social betterment and a different way of life. But although their neighbors sometimes considered these utopians…

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Special Collections and Archives hosts McQueary exhibit on educational philanthropy

Special Collections and Archives hosts McQueary exhibit on educational philanthropy

Special Collections and Archives inside the Duane G. Meyer Library is exhibiting the memorabilia of Ramona McQueary’s time involved in the P.E.O. Sisterhood. P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Education Organization. Founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan University by seven female students, P.E.O. exists for the betterment of women, sisterhood, and loyalty through grants, scholarships, awards, and loans that help women to attain their educational goals. McQueary herself was very active at Missouri State University, then known as SMSU. She served on…

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Kentwood Series: Steve Wiegenstein on July 11th at 7:00 p.m.

Kentwood Series: Steve Wiegenstein on July 11th at 7:00 p.m.

The Kentwood Series of talks and presentations about various facets of Ozarks history and life will continue on Thursday, July 11th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., when the renowned author, educator, and historian Steve Wiegenstein will speak. His talk will focus on utopian communities in Missouri, past and present. Nineteenth-century Missouri was home to several alternative communities, often termed “utopian communities” for their emphasis on social betterment and a different way of life. But although their neighbors sometimes considered these utopians…

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“Our Food, Our Stories” Oral History Series

“Our Food, Our Stories” Oral History Series

A recently completed collaborative project is “Our Food: Our Stories,” an oral history series containing sixteen interviews that seeks to preserve experiences of Ozarks farmers and the rich Ozarks agricultural heritage. Interviews have been collected from a diverse group of farmers across the region with particular emphasis on the stories of indigenous people, as well as immigrants, veterans, those who are underserved, the socially disadvantaged, individuals of color, as well as beginning and seasoned farmers. This project is a collaboration…

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Ozarks Studies Institute to attend Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival

Ozarks Studies Institute to attend Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival

On Friday, June 7, 2024 and Saturday, June 8, 2024, the Ozarks Studies Institute, an ongoing initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries, will serve as a vendor at the 30th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival in West Plains, MO. The OSI booth will have books and magazines for sale at a table underneath a canopy. Funded partially by the Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Folk Arts Program, the festival, which began in 1994, exists to acknowledge talented…

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Preparing for PrideFest

Preparing for PrideFest

Staff from the Missouri State University Libraries will be at PrideFest this upcoming Saturday representing the Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA). This collection works to document the LGBTQ+ community in our region. Among the holdings are photographs, oral histories, records of organizations, and scrapbooks. Shown here are Tracie Gieselman France and Jeffrey Lawson as they practice putting up the new tent that will keep us out of the sun (and possibly the rain!). This tent and other outreach materials…

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Meyer Testing Center staff passes national certification exam

Meyer Testing Center staff passes national certification exam

The full-time staff in the Meyer Testing Center (Sue McCrory, Kevin Wilson, Amy Hankins, and Scott Fischer) all recently completed and passed the National College Testing Association (NCTA) Proctor Certification exam.   Attaining the NCTA Proctor Certification furthers the professional development of testing staff working in educational institutions and the private sector, helps to ensure the preservation and relevance of exam content for all stakeholders including test vendors, sponsors, and examinees, provides opportunities for new proctoring training that is non-specific…

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Meyer Library’s Special Collections unveils new display

Meyer Library’s Special Collections unveils new display

Special Collections and Archives, part of the Missouri State University Libraries, is excited to share a new display with the community! Water Sources in the Ozarks: Protecting, Improving, and Promoting Awareness features selected items from archival collections documenting the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, the James River Basin Partnership, and historic photographs featuring streams and rivers in the Ozarks Region. This exhibit focuses on two organizations working to protect the region’s watershed: the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the…

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