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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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Halloween Night 1893

 Mounted Police officers kept Halloween pranks to a minimum in Springfield in 1893.  Aurora, however, was visited by hobgoblins and Brownies who left many obstructions in the form of horse and cow pens built in the streets.  More...
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Music at the Fair

 Have you been to a concert at the grandstand of the Ozarks Empire Fair?  Five thousand people attended the Alabama concert on a Monday afternoon in 1981.  Eight hundred more stood in line after the concert to meet the band.  More...
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1850 High School

 Apparently the South-West High School in 1850 was so well known that no information about its location or its teachers were given in an article that appeared in the South-Western Flag newspaper.  More...
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Mark Martin

 Mark Martin was a frequent competitor at the Fairgrounds Speedway in the late 1970s.  More...
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Bed Bugs

 The 1850 Springfield South-Western Flag newspaper gives a recommendation for the killing of bed bugs...but not one we would use today!  More...
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World War I Program

 Commemorating the 95th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, Local History associate Michael Price will discuss life in Springfield during the Great War Monday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Library Station.  More...
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Johnny Cash

 Johnny Cash and the Carter family played at the multipurpose center at Southwest Missouri State University [now known as MSU] in March of 1977.  June Carter and her family lived in Springfield and performed at KWTO in 1949 and 1950.  More...
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1979 Daytona 500

 The 1979 Daytona 500 remains one of the most famous races in NASCAR history.  Read a short synopsis of the race and find a link to a history of the entire 1979 NASCAR season.  More...
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Veterans Day 1941

 One of the largest Veterans Day (then Armistice Day) celebrations in Springfield occurred on November 11, 1941.  More...
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1944 World Series


The St. Louis Browns faced the St. Louis Cardinals at Sportsman Park in St. Louis in the 1944 World Series.  More...
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Edwards Cabin, Wilson's Creek Battlefield

 A log cabin, donated in 1973, is used to mark the location of Sterling Price’s headquarters, located near the base of “Bloody Hill" at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.  More...
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Lyon's Headquarters

 General Lyon's headquarters was located in a home owned by John S. Phelps on College Street just west of Main Avenue.  This recent  photo shows the location formerly occupied by Lyon.   More...
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Franz Sigel in Springfield

 Early Civil War events in Missouri occurred far from the Ozarks, but the turbulent times soon engulfed the relatively quiet Springfield region.  More...
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1911 Indianapolis 500

 Ray Harroun earned a place in racing history on May 30, 1911, when he won the first Indianapolis 500, making front page news of the Springfield Republican Newspaper.   More...
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Biography of Edward Martin Shepard

 A historical sketch of Edward Martin Shepard from the Drury College Bulletin, June 1934.  Dr. Shepard, a teacher at Drury College, had died April 28, 1934.  Dr. Shepard was instrumental in establishing the Springfield public library.
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Jesse James Spared Him

 An account of a brush with the notorious Jesse James while he was contemplating the robbery of the Granby Mining Company, reprinted in the Christian County Republican in 1899.  More...
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Jamie McMurray

 The history of auto racing is full of exciting finishes and surprise winners. Few are more compelling than Jamie McMurray’s victory in the 2010 Daytona 500. A native of Joplin, Missouri, he was a regular competitor at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri, in the late 1990s.  More...
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Larry Phillips

 Ozarks racing legend Larry Phillips won hundreds of races in a forty year career. Phillips is the only five time national short track champion and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. A biography of Larry Phillips will be released this month.  More...
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Spanish Mystery Stone

 Many families have lived on portions of the Wilson’s Creek battlefield through the decades.  Perhaps no individual has been more interesting than Dick “Dixie” O’Connor, who bought a farm near “Bloody Hill” in 1950 and created the Spanish mystery stone.  More...
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Missouri's Own World Series

 The 2010 World Series begins on Wednesday, October 27 when the Texas Rangers meet the San Francisco Giants.  That date also marks the 25th anniversary of Game 7 in Missouri’s "I-70 Series" between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals.   More...
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George Brett

 George Brett visited Springfield and signed autographs in 1984.  One of the most accomplished players in baseball history, George Brett played for the Kansas City Royals from 1973-1993.   More...
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Bloody Hill

 John K. HulstonThe 149th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek will be observed on August 10, 2010 at the Wilson's Creek  National Battlefield.  Here is an article about the acquisition of the land by the National Park Service from the Wilson's Creek Battlefield Foundation.  More...
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Fred Wines, Part 2

 In a letter in the Missouri Weekly Patriot, Reverend Wines proposes to leave the books and money he has collected to Springfield for the establishment of a library and a Library Association.  An article in the Missouri Patriot reports on it's progress the next year.  More...
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