Local History and Genealogy Department

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4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO
Phone: (417) 616-0534
Fax: (417)883-9348
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Local History  

Ullmann Building

 In 1947, remodeling began on the three-story Ullmann Building. The top two floors of the 44-room hotel were removed, leaving the first floor to be repurposed as Rubenstein’s clothing store  More...
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Fourth of July

 Memories of old-time Fourth of July celebrations excerpted from interviews in Bittersweet magazine.  More...
Local History  

Hi-M Drive-In

 The frame work of the Hi-M Drive-In, the third in Springfield, is the focus of a Sunday News and Leader story in 1960.  More...
Local History  

Harriet Shepard

 The history of one of the most distinguished women in Missouri, Mrs. Harriet Elma Ohlen Shepard, 93, widow of Dr. Edward M. Shepard of Drury College, is retold in her obituary.  More...
Local History  

William H. Gottfried

 William H. Gottfried was listed as the second oldest businessman in Springfield in his obituary in 1930. A furniture maker by trade, he also served on the City Council, using his salary from that position and public subscriptions to build a bandstand on the Public Square.  More...

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