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The Missouri State University Libraries, in partnership with local history blog Ozarks Alive, has received a grant through the National Park Service to document historic trucking along Route 66.

The $5,100 grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program will focus on the history of trucking along the Missouri section of the Mother Road from 1926 to 1985 through oral history interviews.

Michele Skalicky

The site of the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi was the site today of a ceremony welcoming 56 new citizens of the United States.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky was there and has this story.

On the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield hosted a naturalization ceremony on the lawn in front of the visitor center.

Ted Hillmer is superintendent of the park.  After sharing some facts about the battle, he explained to the crowd why the battlefield was the perfect site for the ceremony.

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Along a shallow creek in the woods of rural southwest Missouri sits a bronze statue resting atop a large limestone rock. It’s of a young boy, who sits upright, shirtless, with his right hand resting upon his knee, his left supporting a small plant.   

The nine-foot high sculpture pays homage to George Washington Carver, who was born a slave on this land, the Moses and Susan Carver farm, in 1864.

“He’s often seen in kind of this one-dimensional way as the wise and affable peanut guy and his 300 uses of the peanut. The real Carver is much more multi-dimensional.”

(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.

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