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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Exemption in the Civil War

 The young housekeepers, a year after marriage / lith. & pub. by N. CurrierA newspaper's tongue-in-cheek advice on how to get out of war service in 1862.  Wonder if it worked? More

The Ray House

 Ray house circa 1958One of the most prominent attractions at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is the Ray House, a silent witness to the bloody battle there on August 10, 1861. More

A Look at Both Sides of the Civil War

 A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas A review of A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas: Being an Account of the Early Settlements, the Civil War, the Ku-Klux, and Times of Peace by William Monks, and the Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand: The Renowned Missouri Bushwhacker. More

Tracing your Civil War Ancestor, Part 2

 We compiled a list of web sites you may find useful for researching your Civil War ancestor. The list includes general sites, sites for individual states and a few sites that require payment to access. More

Medal of Honor Recipients


The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States Government. Several local soldiers have received the honor. More

Silas Turnbo Manuscripts


From Big Chief tablets to the World Wide Web: Stories of wild animals, families, civil war and other realities of the lives of Ozarks pioneers can be found online. More