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Ribbon-Cutting at Dewey Short Visitor Center

The following is an excerpt from the April 23 Ozarks Water Watch newsletter. It was written by David Casaletto, executive director of Ozarks Water Watch. The wait is almost over! The US Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District announced the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Dewey Short Visitor Center in Branson will take place this Friday, April 27. The ... Read More »

Explore, Discover and Enjoy …

… all that Madison County, Missouri has to offer. Whether you’re planning to visit or relocate, you will fall in love with our beautiful, historic part of Southeast Missouri. Take a look around Fredericktown,as you enter from Highway 67, and enjoy local produce and crafts at the Madison County Farmer’s Market.  Opening on Friday, April 27, local growers and crafters ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Harry!

Forget that bunch of politicians wrangling about who will be our nation’s next president. If many folks had their druthers, we’d magically bring back our nation’s 33rd president. This man left office with dismal approval ratings in the low 30s and yet now polls among the top five presidents who ever served. Of course we are talking about Harry S. ... Read More »

Storytelling Festival Fun for All Ages

Scottish ballads with a North Carolina flavor, spoons as instruments instead of eating utensils, myths and folktales, tomboys and princesses … you can hear all of the above and then some on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi at the 5th Annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. When we bill the festival as a way to “get back to your roots,” ... Read More »

Slow Down and Enjoy a Missouri Float Trip

With the rushed time schedules we have nowadays, we sometimes forget to notice the beautiful things in life and to take the time to enjoy them. Most of the rivers in Missouri are as natural and unchanged today as they were when the American Indians fished from their banks. And since Missouri was named after an American Indian tribe, one ... Read More »

Marceline, “Where Walt found the Magic”

I’ve lived in Missouri my whole life and had no idea exactly how magical Marceline would be or what fascinating things were in store for us (KatiesTrail and me) when we started our journey to Marceline. Our mission was to welcome the official Disney Fan Club, D23, to the boyhood home of Walt Disney. Even before we arrived, I was ... Read More »

Memories and Mysteries Revealed in the 1940 Census

If you ask genealogists how they became interested in family history research, many will cite specific childhood memories. Others will point to hints of long-lost family secrets or to a total void of any information. All cite a need to know who they are and where they came from. My interest in history began with the stories my grandparents and ... Read More »

Unicorns, Minotaurs, and the Real World: The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City

In case you’re wondering, this post is not about a children’s theater. It does, however, describe a theater in Kansas City that is capable of having the same effect on adults as a fantasy-themed theater for children. The Unicorn, located right on Main Street in Kansas City, offers a unique, refreshing and wholly original attraction for theater experts and novices ... Read More »

Celebrate Spring in Sikeston

Ready to celebrate spring? Sikeston is the place to do it! Our spring event season in Historic Downtown Sikeston kicks off with Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Bootheel’s Best BBQ Cook-off on April 28. Both Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Cook-off will be held in Downtown Sikeston.  Sikeston-in-Bloom will be located in American Legion Square (corner of West Malone at North New Madrid Street) ... Read More »

How Missouri Got its Name

Ever wonder how Missouri, the river and the state, got its name? Van Meter State Park, north of Marshall in the west-central part of the state, is the site of an old Indian village that holds the answer to that question. When the French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet arrived in 1673 at the confluence of what came to ... Read More »