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Bears vs Tigers

On September 2, the University of Missouri Tigers face off against the Missouri State Bears for the first time since 1923. Adding to the intrigue, Bears coach Dave Steckel returns to Columbia for the first time since accepting the Missouri State job three years ago.  More...
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Springfield Cubs

 As the Chicago Cubs make their first appearance in the World Series since 1945, many area fans may not know that the Cardinals' greatest rivals once had a farm team in Springfield.  More...
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6th Missouri Cavalry

 Local History and Genealogy staff recently scanned a panoramic photograph of a 6th Missouri Cavalry (U.S.) reunion held in Springfield, Mo.
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Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

 The assassination of Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, triggered World War I.  See how the Library is documenting Missouri’s participation in the war and discover new books published for the centennial of this controversial event in European history.  More...
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Remembering D-Day

 June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy during World War II. News of the invasion reach Springfield by 5 a.m. and local residents anxiously gathered around newspapers and radios to hear the latest updates.
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Johnny Beauchamp

 Johnny Beauchamp won a 200-lap race at the Springfield Fairgrounds racetrack in 1957. In 1959, he and Lee Petty raced at the first Daytona 500 to a controversial photo finish.
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Super Bowl I

 Curt Merz recalls playing in Super Bowl I. Merz played for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Green Bay Packers at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1967.   More...
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John F. Kennedy in Springfield

  John F. Kennedy visited Springfield in 1957. He spoke at the Democratic Party's annual Jackson Days celebration.  More...
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Lyon's Sword

 Nathanial Lyon's sword was purchased from an antique dealer in Florida and presented to the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park Museum by the Civil War Roundtable of Springfield in 1969.  More...
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Earl Scruggs

 Legendary banjo player Earl Scruggs performed at the Ozark Empire Fair in August 1965. Flatt and Scruggs enjoyed tremendous commercial success, perhaps most notably when "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" was used as the theme song for "The Beverly Hillbillies."  More...
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Fairground Racers: Part 2

 How did Mark Martin, Dean Roper and Rusty Wallace, former Ozark area racers, fare in the 1983 Daytona 500?  Read part 2 of Fairground Racers.   More...
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Fairground Racers: Part 1

 Former Springfield Fairground Speedway racers meet again at the Daytona 500 in 1983.  That race included Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace and Dean Roper.
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Kenny Rogers

 One of the best known singers in both country and pop music, Kenny Rogers performed a concert in Hammons Student Center on July 19, 1981.  More...
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Clara Smith Steichen

 Springfield native Clara Smith Steichen was an eyewitness to World War I.  She and her husband lived in the French countryside when war erupted in the summer of 1914.    More...
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Captain Paul Frey, WWI

 November 11 marks the ninety-fourth anniversary of the end of World War I.  Commanding Springfield’s own company of troops in France was Captain Paul Frey, Company C, 130th machine gun battalion.   More...

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