Give Ozarks Day Prizes!

posted May 2, 2016, 5:41 PM by Shannon M   [ updated May 2, 2016, 5:42 PM ]

Any donations from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 3, will of course be very, very appreciated.  If you can though, make your donation online between 10:00 am and 11:00 am that morning!  We'll be aiming for a $2,500 prize drawing during that time, explained on the Give Ozarks website

Thanks for your support, and we look forward to tomorrow's marathon of giving!

Give a Little, Help a Lot -- Give Ozarks Day 2016

posted Apr 23, 2016, 8:23 AM by Shannon M   [ updated Apr 23, 2016, 8:35 AM ]

Give Ozarks logo

We need your help!  

The Christian County Museum and Historical Society is participating in the second annual Community Foundation of the Ozark's Give Ozarks Day on Tuesday, May 3.  We have big plans for completing renovations in the Community Building on the Ozark Square, which will soon be the new home of the Christian County Museum, but we can't do it without your help.

Throughout the day on May 3, CFO will award prizes to the agency that reaches certain goals (e.g., the highest number of online donors during a particular hour), so keep an eye out for more information on that soon by following us here and on Facebook. We're also partnering with some local restaurants for the day (more info on that soon), working on donations ahead of time (contact us here if you'd like to donate online before the event!), and we encourage you to help us get the word out! 

Donations can also be made in advance by mailing a check to the Christian County Historical Society at PO Box 442, Ozark, MO 65621. Mailed donations need to be received by Thurs., May 5, at the latest and should be identified for "Give Ozarks." (Donations received after that date will go into our general donations and will still be absolutely appreciated!)

Tell a friend, share our blog and Facebook posts, and donate to your favorite Ozarks organizations (including your favorite Christian County Museum) on May 3!  Thank you all for your support!


posted Dec 6, 2015, 4:42 PM by Linda Myers   [ updated Dec 6, 2015, 4:47 PM ]

2016 Historical Calendars are here! Featuring dates of historic events in Christian County and another set of paintings from Ozark artist Lyman Herston. Again, just $10--available at the library in Ozark or by contacting the historical society. Get yours before they're gone!


posted Sep 29, 2015, 7:32 PM by Linda Myers

Win this beautiful queen size handmade quilt! Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They will be available at the Historical Society booth during the Ozark Craft Fair on Oct 2-4 or by contacting any historical society member. Proceeds will go toward renovations of the old community building, the future museum home. Christmas is not far off and this would make an unforgettable gift for someone special.

Historic Community Building update

posted Mar 1, 2015, 5:16 PM by Linda Myers   [ updated Mar 1, 2015, 5:17 PM ]

The new roof on the historic Community Building, located on the Ozark Square, was completed in 2014. Phase 2 will be updating the interior of the building. This will include electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Conservative cost estimates for this are $185,000 and we have begun fundraising for this phase. Your contribution, whether large or small, will help provide a new and expanded home for the Christian County Museum is tax deductible. For further information contact John Nixon at 417 581-7154.

Historic Facts Needed

posted Sep 15, 2014, 4:01 PM by Linda Myers

The society is putting together our 2015 calendar, which will feature new artwork from Lyman Herston. This year we are including historic dates from around the county. We have none yet for Spokane, Bruner, Elkhead or Linden/Kenton. If you know a date of any historic event for these places such as post office opening, when the community began, or significant events, please email them to We need at least a month and year. The calendar will go to the printer by September 20 and any help will be tremendously appreciated!

Community Building work has begun

posted Oct 4, 2013, 7:13 AM by Linda Myers   [ updated Oct 4, 2013, 7:17 AM ]

Preliminary construction work on the historic WPA Community Building on the Ozark square has begun. Interior support posts are being relocated to provide a better foundation for steel trusses that will replace the original wood roof structure. The contract is being awarded to Ozark-based Larry Snyder and Co. Details and photo in the Christian County Headliner at
Community Building


posted Oct 4, 2013, 7:03 AM by Linda Myers   [ updated Oct 7, 2013, 2:17 PM ]

2014 calendars featuring the artwork of Ozark resident Lyman Herston (1897-1973) are now available at the Christian County Library in Ozark. Herston, a largely self-taught artist, lived in Garrison Hollow and painted primarily local landscapes, many of which are still recognizable. Landcapes were not his only genre, and the calendar features two still lifes and a nautical themed painting, all of them done in beautiful watercolors. An electrician by trade, Herston said he painted for his own "amazement" and his art was not recognized during his lifetime like that of his cousin Howard Garrison. Calendars are $10 ($11.75 if mailed) and may also be purchased by calling 417 581-4860 or 417 581-7154.

Museum Open House

posted Sep 2, 2013, 7:20 AM by Linda Myers

The Christian County Historical Society will host an open house Sunday September 8 at the Christian County Museum. Located at 202 E. Church St., just east off the Ozark square, the museum has something for everyone. Interested in home life in the old days? We have vintage toys, a hand-operated washing machine and a rope bed. Are graphic arts your thing? Take a look at a stereoscope card viewer, movie projectors for both silent movies and “talkies,” and cameras from the turn of the century up to a 1950s stereo camera with a spirit level between the lenses. There are great photos of old grist mills, general store and medical items, railroad artifacts, a Springfield wagon, tools and much more. These are just a few of the fascinating things waiting for you to explore, so join us any time between 2-4 pm on September 8 for refreshments and a taste of the past.

Exhibit: Missouri during the Civil War

posted Jul 8, 2011, 12:32 PM by Linda Myers   [ updated Jul 8, 2011, 2:33 PM ]

An exhibit through September 25 at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield east of Republic examines the upheaval
and uncertainty that characterized Missouri during the Civil War. The exhibit, "Divided Loyalties," is comprised of thirty-six hanging banners with text, photos, maps, and drawings and is located in the multipurpose room. The room is open during regular park hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

A downloadable brochure and audio guide, an introductory video, a map of exhibit locations, and a downloadable statewide exhibit schedule are available here. Photo: Visitors view the exhibit in another location. Courtesy Missouri Secretary of State's office.

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