Claire Kidwell

News Producer, Announcer

Claire Kidwell is a junior at Missouri State University, and is majoring in Global Studies with minors in Music and Math. She is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and is involved in Model United Nations, the MSU Chorale, and the Kindness Commission.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

As people meander through Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, they can wander into what looks like a set for Little House on the Prairie.

This is the Gray/Campbell Farmstead, and on this property is preserved Liberty School, an old one room school house from the north of Springfield. While the school is no longer in operation, there are still those who remember going to class there.

“I attended as a five year old. In 1947 they didn’t have Kindergarten, but they let me go.”

Missouri Digital Heritage / Springfield Greene County Public Library

During World War One, one of southwest Missouri’s main contributions to the Allied forces was supplying mules and horses for work in the trenches. KSMU went back in time to gain a better understanding about these hardy animals for our Sense of Place series on local history.

Michael Price might be sitting behind a desk, but this man knows a lot more about mules than you might think.

Images courtesy of the Springfield-Greene County Library District


Today, the City of Joplin is a thriving hub for health care and transportation. But there was a time when it was no more than a collection of tents huddled around a series of mines.

Walking into the Joplin History Museum, you’re greeted by the two resident cats who watch over the building—and an entire wing designed to look like an old mine.  

Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee / US Senate

Senator Roy Blunt held a hearing Tuesday in Washington on how to safely integrate drones into the national airspace.

Blunt chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

He said in his opening statements that while the benefits of drone technology were fairly clear, the committee needed to better understand these rapidly developing technologies.

“We’re working to insure that we have balance that continues to encourage innovation, but public safety is at the forefront.”

Grupo Latinoamericano

Grupo Latinoamericano, a local non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Latin American cultural and educating the community, is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration for Springfield. 

While many local Mexican restaurants are starting to promote Cinco de Mayo specials around town, Grupo Latinoamericano is planning a big event next month to celebrate Mexican culture.

The celebration will take place on May 5th (the date of Cinco de Mayo) from 5-9 pm in the Springfield Art Museum’s Community Auditorium.