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Firefall '82

Springfield's first Firefall concert took place in 1982. With musical entertainment provided by the Springfield Symphony, fireworks were timed to correspond with such selections as the 1812 Overture and God Bless America.

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Springfield Traction Company Expands

 Springfield Traction Company expanded streetcar service to cover the new Frisco repair shops in 1909. The new routes would include the Atlantic Street line, north of the shops, and the Park Avenue line, to extend to the south side of the shops.

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Temperance Lecturers in 1886

The Springfield Daily Leader announced that temperance lecturer Francis E. W. Harper was coming to town and compared her lectures to another speaker, John Sobieski.

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Tent Theatre

Drs. Robert K. Gilmore and Irene Coger, founders of the MSU Tent Theater, were surprised by the turnout of the first season in 1963. Instead, every performance had a full house. 

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The Alsup Family Feud

 The Alsup feud is recounted on the eve of a proposed dam in Douglas County. The feud came to an end in a shoot-out with lawmen who were trying to arrest Shelt Alsup, former sheriff of Douglas County. Alsup and his five-year-old daughter were killed.

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Drury College swim team 1983

The Drury College swim team consisting of Sean Allison, Dave Volland, Kurt Keuser and Ron Staab took first place in the NAIA 400-yard medley relay in 1983. They set a new NAIA record with a time of 3:25.5.

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World War II inductees

A large crowd of well-wishers gathered outside the Greyhound Bus depot to bid goodbye to two contingents of Greene County African-Americans leaving for Jefferson Barracks in 1942.

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When is Groundhog Day?

Do you witness Groundhog Day on February 2 or February 14? The Springfield Leader did not take sides in the controversy, but instead saw it as an opportunity to forecast the weather twice. More
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Martin Luther King Service

Springfieldians plan a tribute to slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 6, 1968, by establishing a King's Family Foundation Fund and an interracial and interdenominational public service at the First Baptist Church on South Avenue. More
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KY3

Springfield Television, Inc., that would become KY3, applied for a FCC permit to build a 60,000 watt station at 999 West Sunshine in 1951. The tower and antenna would be the tallest structure in Southwest Missouri. More
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Christmas in the Ozarks

Enjoy a selection of Ozarks Christmas photographs found on From the Darkroom. This collection consists of thousands of photographic negatives and prints from the News & Leader, Leader and Press, and the Daily News. More