Ozarks Culture

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Wes Wilson anticipates a renaissance is coming, and this shift in societal values will be led in part by members of the arts community. You could say that’s how the longtime poster artist known for his psychedelic promotions – which uses fluid forms made from letters and flowing letters to create shapes - got his start.

Preserving Missouri’s One-Room Schools

Nov 19, 2014
Springfield-Greene County Park Board

A new directory highlights the “who’s who” of Missouri’s historic and one-room schools. KSMU’s Simone Cook tells us more about the publication, which includes details on roughly 50 schools.

“The Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools” was published in October by David Burton and Jennifer Kerivan. Burton, of the MU Extension and creator of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, says the directory helps tell part of the history of education in Missouri.

Free, Online Course Explores Ozarks History

Aug 26, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered if you’re an Ozarker… or even wondered “what is an Ozarker,” you might be interested in taking the course:  Ozarks History: Examining an American Culture. The course is Missouri State University’s first massive open online course (or MOOC). It is a national trend that allows individuals from anywhere in the world to take a free, online course without being in any way affiliated with the university.

Frogging 101: A Staple of Traditional Ozarks Culture, Diet

Jun 16, 2014
Missouri Department of Conservation

The Ozarks region has some traditions that date back several generations, and one of them is "frogging," or hunting for frogs. Frogging season begins in a few days, and Jennifer Davidson spoke with Joe Jerek of the Missouri Department of Conservation to learn the basics of what he calls the "Frog Days of Summer."

"Frogging, or gigging for frogs, is a favorite pastime for a whole bunch of folks in the Show-Me State," Jerek said.