Volume 34, Number 3, Winter 1995
Living in the region known as the White River Valley has so many opportunities for all of us. I am delighted with the response of all members to our decision to concentrate on increasing interest in the organization and to diligently work to increase our membership. With your help we will become such a vibrant group that all members will want to attend every meeting!
Dr. Gilmore has prepared a flyer that should be quite an encouragement to those who see it. It invites one to join and gives a reason!
There is much history of the area that has never been before the public, and now that the greater percent of people living here are new to the Ozarks, we need to work harder to transmit our history to people who will record and study the traditions that have made the Ozarks a great place to live.
I am not satisfied to think it was music shows and "60 Minutes" that made Branson what it is and I know all of you feel the same. So, lets publicize our organization and celebrate local culture in the efforts of each Society membertalk to each other about the significance of our special places in the Ozarks.
Donations of historic artifacts to public repositories and knowledge of the operations of such institutions should be a part of our plan. More and more museums are being established which indicates the national as well as regional interest.
One recent effort by the Bill and Jan Ingenthron family needs to be noted. Since the 1927 White River flood, the Freeland-Ingenthron family has stored and saved some 375 books and ledgers of Taney County public records dating from 1886-1926. Cooperation with the Taney County Commission, the Missouri Local
Records Program, and Bob Mileys energetic efforts have led to the microfilming of most of these records and the placement of film in the Forsyth Public Library.
Additionally, many historic buildings and landmarks are being either saved or preserved. We need to diligently work toward conserving and interpreting all possible. Attending Society meetings and adding your support is a good way to start.
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