Vol. I, No. 1, Summer 1987


The Lena Wills Memorial Collection

The Lena Wills Memorial Collection, containing several hundred articles covering various aspects of Missouri's history, is now available as a public resource at the SMSU Meyer Library.

The collection contains census records, county and family histories, funeral home records, historical society bulletins, serial publications in the genealogical field and monographs from other states covering genealogical information and population migrations.

The material is arrayed on open shelves in the library's rare book room and may only be examined within the library, However, photocopies of the articles may be made.

Ms. Wills, a genealogist who wrote a column for the Springfield newspapers, gathered the collection over several decades, mostly through her own research. Her family donated the materials to the library in November, 1986, following her death.

The Ozark Underground Laboratory

In southern Taney County, near Protein, lies Tumbling Creek Cave, site of the Ozark Underground Laboratory. The cave has been designated a National Natural Landmark primarily because of the diverse fauna to be found there.

The purposes of the Ozark Underground Laboratory are to encourage education, prudent resource use and research in the cave regions of the United States. To do this, the laboratory conducts educational field trips, is available for extended field studies, provides research facilities and assistance, and does consulting work and contract investigations on water and land - use problems in cave regions. For further information about the laboratory contact:

Tom and Cathy Aley, Ozark Underground Laboratory,

Route 1, Box 62, Protem, Missouri, 65733,

(417) 785-4289.

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