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In October, the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Missouri S&T Archives will unveil fresh exhibits that showcase the musical history of Rolla, Missouri S&T, and the Ozarks. The “On a Miner Note, Musical Miners, and Missouri Sounds” exhibit will be presented at the Curtis Laws Wilson Library on the Missouri S&T campus in Rolla from October 3 to 26, in honor of Archives Month.
To commemorate the exhibition’s opening, we invite you to attend an exclusive reception on October 3rd. The SHSMO-Springfield Research Center’s archivist, Haley Frizzle-Green, will give a presentation on the fascinating history of RadiOzark during the event. Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibit “On a Miner Note” centers on the musical heritage of Rolla and Phelps County. Specifically, it showcases the Scott family’s profound impact on music in the area. Notably, they established the Western Conservatory of Music and created a community band. Additionally, the exhibit examines various other musical paths, including the history of KMNR radio station, which is situated on campus.
The State Historical Society of Missouri presents a novel exhibition entitled “Broadcasting the Ozarks: A History of RadiOzark Enterprises.” This exhibition showcases the history of RadiOzark Enterprises, a company based in Springfield, which produced nationally acclaimed syndicated radio programs like “The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show,” “The Red Foley Show,” and “Shorty Thompson’s Saddle Rockin’ Rhythm.”
Come and explore the rich history of Springfield, renowned as the “Crossroads of Country Music”. This interactive exhibition features audio clips from the RadiOzark Record Collection, housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Springfield Research Center. The exhibition has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Melinda J. McDaniel Charitable Trust, UW, Bank of America, N. A., Trustee.
For additional information, visit https://libguides.mst.edu/OnAMinerNote.