Claire Kidwell

News Producer, Announcer

Claire Kidwell is a senior 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.

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.

Johnson Family Collection

Drive by Phelps Grove Park in central Springfield and you'll likely see people walking their dogs, playing Frisbee, or having a picnic. This park is over 100 years old, and we explored its past as part of our ongoing Sense of Place series looking at local history.

According to Richard Crabtree, a local realtor and Springfield historian, the land for Phelps Grove Park was purchased during the Civil War, but it did not become a park until 1914 when it became both a park and a neighborhood.