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Emma is an undergraduate student in the Geography Program at Missouri State. Growing up in Springfield, she developed a passion for the history, geography, and culture of the Ozark Region and pursues that interest in her work and academics. She's been expressing her love of story telling and history here at KSMU since January 2010. Her work in public history is likewise represented in her job as an interpretive Park Ranger at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield and her position as a board member at the Bonniebrook Historical Society. Emma enjoys walking, daydreaming, and spending time with friends, family and her dog, Mabel, in her limited free time.
Today is the 150th anniversary of the first shots fired in the American Civil War. For our ongoing local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson visits with two women who trace their roots back to soldiers who fought during one of the bloodiest times in American history.
Often, fashion shows are a platform for the new, the different, and the excessive. For KSMU’s local history series, Sense of Place, reporter Emma Wilson previews one event that may be better described as an “old fashion” show, where guests will discover history through the fabrics of our ancestors.
In honor of Women’s History Month this March, Missouri State University is hosting a series of events that highlight women and women’s history. KSMU’s Emma Wilson looks into one symposium that will explore one of our most fundamental civil rights.
We often think of “global community” as a 21st century term assuming we’re only able to interact with people on the other side of the world because of new technology. For our ongoing local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson explores the life of one Ozarks resident whose contributions not only impacted the world economy before the dawn of the 20th century, but changed the wine industry forever.
Few events have impacted the Ozarks as greatly as the Civil War. With the sesquicentennial upon us, there is a renewed interest in what makes this region’s participation in the war unique. For our ongoing local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson explores the battles of Newtonia and the upcoming documentary about one of them that premiers Thursday.
Almost every schoolchild knows the name George Washington Carver and most folks could tell you he was a legendary pioneer of science. But few know of his early life that began here in southwest Missouri. For KSMU’s local history series, Sense of Place, reporter Emma Wilson interviews the author of a new biography about him.
Though it made international news at the time, few recall the tragic 1928 dance hall explosion that changed West Plains forever. For this segment of our ongoing history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson explores the history of this mysterious disaster and the woman who penned it back into the public conversation.
After three decades of serving Christmas dinner to Springfield residents, the annual Christmas Dinner for Those Alone has become a staple of the holiday season. KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the history of this tradition, and the story of the man who made it all possible.
The holidays, more than any other time of the year, are steeped in tradition and each family has their own. KSMU’s Emma Wilson sought out three older Springfield residents to share their memories of Christmas past.
Here in the Ozarks, it seems there’s no shortage of small mom-and-pop museums. For our ongoing series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson profiles one of these unique attractions on Springfield’s north side.