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4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO
65810-1723
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Caroline McBride

 Obituaries often contain interesting biographies, such as Caroline McBride's, who helped to organize the first local PTA, one of the first in Missouri, and President of the Springfield Board of Education in 1924.  More...
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Springfield Diary 1953

 Selections from ‘Springfield’s Diary’ give a short and exciting look at the year 1953 -- a year of drought and ice storms, new businesses and new locations for old business, and above all the year of the cobras.  More...
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Gold Rush!

 The California Gold Rush produced many articles in local newspapers. Two such articles appeared in the February 25, 1850, Southwestern Flag -- one advertising for teamsters to work their way west and the other detailing the expenses of the trip and things to take.  More...
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Tomb of Tutankhamun

 The discovery and opening of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun spurred a wide-spread Egyptomania that Springfieldians were not immune to. The opening of the inner chamber of King Tut’s tomb on February 16, 1923, took the mania to the public library, which was stripped of all books Egyptian.    More...
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Carrie A. Nation

 Carrie A. Nation spoke with Generals Dameron and Clark in 1901 near Nevada, Mo.  More...

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