Explore the history of S&T and area musicians

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On September 18, 2023

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In October, you’re invited to explore new exhibitions on the musical history of Rolla, Missouri S&T and the Ozarks, created by the State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) staff and the Missouri S&T archives.

As part of Archives Month, the “On a Miner Note: Musical Miners and Missouri Sounds” exhibit will be displayed Oct. 3-26 at the Curtis Laws Wilson Library. An opening reception for the exhibit will feature a presentation by Haley Frizzle-Green, a SHSMO-Springfield Research Center archivist, on the history of RadiOzark, the company behind nationally-known syndicated radio programs such as “The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show,” “The Red Foley Show,” and “Shorty Thompson’s Saddle Rockin’ Rhythm.” The reception will be held 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, on the second floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library. Light refreshments will be served.

“On a Miner Note” explores the history of music in Rolla and Phelps County. Learn more about the Scott family and their musical influence in the region, including establishing the Western Conservatory of Music and founding a community band. Other musical avenues can be explored through the exhibit, including the history of S&T’s KMNR radio station. In addition to “On a Miner Note,” SHSMO’s new traveling exhibit will be displayed. The traveling exhibit is named “Broadcasting the Ozarks: A History of RadiOzark Enterprises.”

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