Sense of Place

Profiling historical people, places and things throughout the Ozarks. Until recently, Sense of Place had been a long-running series on KSMU. We re-launched the series in August 2017 to capture unique stories on history throughout our region. Below, see recent reports and archives from over the years.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Timmons Temple, was once a place where Springfield’s African American community gathered to worship and socialize.  Now known as Timmons Hall, it rests in a new location after it was moved to Silver Springs Park in 2015.  Today, it’s used as an events venue for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. 

As a part of Silver Springs Park Days, historical Timmons Temple held an open house Sunday for people to gather and remember the old church.

Betty Ransom is playing hymns on an old, donated piano as people wander in.

Michele Skalicky

Anyone who’s been to the Buffalo National River can attest to the beauty of the area, with its massive cliffs, cool, clear water, abundant wildlife and many diverse hiking trails.  But some may not realize the effort it took to create the park and the impact that had on landowners.

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.  

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