Sense of Place

Profiling historical people, places and things throughout the Ozarks. Until recently, Sense of Place had been a long-running series on KSMU. We re-launched the series in August 2017 to capture unique stories on history throughout our region. Below, see recent reports and archives from over the years.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Complete with waterfalls, bluffs, a free flowing stream, valleys, historical sites and more, the Buffalo National River is a destination for many.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more about the park.

The Buffalo National River brings in thousands of visitors to northern Arkansas each year for a variety of activities.  On the river itself, people kayak, canoe, raft and use johnboats, according to park superintendent Kevin Cheri.  And the land in the park’s boundaries is popular, too.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The Buffalo National River in Arkansas was established 44 years ago as the first national river in the National Park Service system.  Remnants of the period before the park came to be can still be seen today.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more on the history of the Buffalo National River.

The Buffalo in Arkansas is one of the few undammed rivers in the lower 48 states.  It was the looming potential of dams that started the fight to keep the river in its natural state.

(Randy Stewart)

Situated on some 2000 acres in southwestern Greene County, just outside the city limits of Republic, is the site of one of the most important early battles of the Civil War: the Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861. It was, in fact, the first important Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi, in the so-called "Trans-Mississippi Theater" of operations.  On this Sense of Community program we're visiting the National Park Service site at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

National Park Service
Courtesy National Park Service

As stated on their website, the National Park Service, "a bureau of the U.S.

Lee Ann Meador Norman

For KSMU’s Sense of Community Series, I’m Mike Smith.

We wind down our week long series of reports on historic preservation in the Ozarks, in West Plains Missouri where what’s become that city’s signature event took place June 19th and 20th.  The annual Old Time Music-Ozark Heritage Festival.  (SOUND: Voices singing I’ll Fly Away)

Todd Shanks is the Community Marketing Director for the City of West Plains, and a member of the 

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