Vol. II, No. 4, Spring 1989

The OzarksWatch Society

The subject matter of this issue of OzarksWatch, land preserves, is important, and so considerable, that we thought it necessary to expand from 16 to 28 pages. This larger size was made possible by OzarksWatch Society memberships. We hope you are pleased with this first evidence of the Society's support.

Well, not quite the first. In cooperation with the Office of Continuing Education at SMSU, the study tour which was announced in the Winter edition of OzarksWatch was completed the last of April. 34 OzarksWatch Society members made the two day trip to the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View, Arkansas. This was a discovery venture, so we drove slowly, made lots of stops along the way, and explored our philosophy that the enjoyment of a trip is as much in the journey as in the destination. The first issue of the Society Newsletter (another first!) carried a full description of the trip for those Society members who were unable to join the venture.

And still another first. The OzarksWatch Society received from the Missouri Humanities Council a grant to conduct three workshops on oral history interview techniques. Editors Bob Gilmore and Bob Flanders, along with Ellen Massey of Lebanon, have already presented two of these workshops, at Lamar and at Van Buren. The third will be at Ozark in mid-June.

Visitors to the Springfield's Walnut Street Artsfest in May had an opporunity to take a two hour mini-tour which offered an historic look at Springfield. These trolley tours (there were two offered) were sponsored by the OzarksWatch Society and hosted by Becky Quinn, director of non-credit programs for the SMSU Office of Continuing Education (and manager of our study tour in April).

To date, some 600 OzarksWatch readers have joined the Society, including a number of spousal memberships and a gratifying representation of libraries, governmental offices, societies, associations, and businesses. We welcome more of our readers to become part of this exciting organization.


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