Holiday Hours

Limited Library services on Thursday, December 14 due to necessary hardware and software updates. Details

The Republic Branch Library is closed for shelving renovations through Monday, Dec. 11. The branch will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Drive-up service continues during the renovations, Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Local History

Southwest Missouri State University Pool in 1952

 Click to enlargeSouthwest Missouri State University pool in the summer of 1952 from Bias Magazine, June 24, 1952, page 13.

"The town’s swimming pools did a splashing trade during last week’s heat wave, and none was more popular than the one at SMS [now known as MSU], which is available only to SMS students, teachers and anyone else fortunate enough to come by a pass.  The temperature was hovering about the 90-degree mark, but this pool full of bathers in both water and sun didn’t mind. It was a typical afternoon at SMS pool. The pools at the city parks were even more crowded with seekers after relief from the long-continued sultriness."

A patron mentioned to me that she would attend Greenwood summer school just so she could get a pool pass.   Below is a 1957 Sanborn Fire Insurance map showing the location of the pool on campus.  Click to enlarge the image.  The pool is in the center left section of the map.

For a history of SMS/ MSU read Daring to excel: the first 100 years of Southwest Missouri State University by Donald D. Landon

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