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Local History Archives - February 2009

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Auto Racing in the Ozarks

 From a 1968 Ozark Empire Fair brochureRacing season has begun.  Gear up by taking a look back at some famous drivers that visited Springfield, Mo. at the Fairgrounds Speedway.   More...
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Desegregation of the Springfield-Greene County Library

 Story hour at the Springfield-Greene County Library circa 1963This desegregation milestone occurred in Springfield fully seventeen years before the passage of The Civil Rights Act of 1964.   More...
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Don't Do It Girls

 L. C. Stone

An 1860 era etiquette lesson from a Virginia newspaper reminding girls and ladies who should and, more importantly, who should not be the recipients of their photographic likenesses.

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Land of Lincoln

 Land of LincolnFebruary 12, 2009, marks the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.  To commemorate the anniversary, publishers are releasing a greater than normal amount of books about our 16th President.  One of the best new titles is Land of Lincoln:  Adventures in Abe’s America by Andrew Ferguson.   More...
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The ice storm of 1924 and the big sleet of 1848.

 from USAsearch.govThe ice storms of 1924 and 1848 are reminiscent of the 2007 and 2009 ice storms.  Newspaper microfilm, available at the Library Center, and The History of Greene County Missouri, available online, give insight to how our ancestors dealt with severe weather.

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A Texas County Missouri Love Story

 Springfield Missouri Leader , November 24, 1925, page 1.
Names of Towns in Texas County Suggest Romance.  An enterprising newspaper reporter used many of the unusual town names in Texas County to create a rather odd romance.  More...
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