Sense of Place

Explore the mystery and folklore of the Ozarks region by taking a step back in time. This series focuses on true stories from the vaults and attics of local historians.

The religious landscape of the Ozarks is rich and varied. As a part of KSMU’s ongoing series A Sense of Place, Missy Shelton visits with Religious Studies Professor John Schmalzbauer about the history of religion in the Ozarks.

(Listen to Part 2 of our report to learnmoreabout the history of religion in the Ozarks, including a look at the presence of Islam and eastern religions in the Ozarks.)

Gray-Campbell Farmstead Teaches About the Past

Apr 28, 2009

In our ongoing series, A Sense of Place, we bring you stories of the Ozarks' past. in this segment, Michele Skalicky takes you to the Gray-Campbell Farmstead in Springfield...

In our ongoing series “A Sense of Place,” we bring you stories of Ozarks days gone by. In this segment, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore traveled to West Plains to interview the publisher and editor-in-chief of the West Plains Daily Quill, a small town newspaper that’s been in print for over 120 years.

Journalism runs through the veins of Frank L. Martin III. His grandfather was on the faculty when the world’s first school of journalism was established 100 years ago at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

This morning, we took a look at the history of Springfield’s Phelps Grove Park. As a part of KSMU’s ongoing series A Sense of Place, KSMU’s Missy Shelton now reports on efforts to re-vitalize the park using historical information.

Take a stroll through Phelps Grove Park, located just south of the Missouri State University campus and you’ll see lots of trees, tennis courts, a pavilion. But area residents say if you look closer, you’ll see there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. Richard Crabtree is president of the University Heights Neighborhood Association.

The History of Phelps Grove Park

Feb 2, 2009

Phelps Grove Park in Springfield is rich in history and area residents hope to keep it beautiful and vital for years to come. The park is located just south of the Missouri State University campus bordered primarily by residential streets like Catalpa, Clay and Brookside. As a part of KSMU’s ongoing series A Sense of Place, KSMU’s Missy Shelton looks at efforts to re-vitalize the park…we’ll have more on that this afternoon. This morning, we take a look at the park’s history.

Republic Senior Shares Family Plum Pudding Recipe

Dec 22, 2008

One of the best parts of the holiday season is—let’s face it—the food. But for many Americans, eating certain holiday foods is more about tradition than satisfying one’s taste buds. As part of KSMU’s ongoing series, "Sense of Place," Jennifer Moore spent the morning with one Ozarks woman who decided to share her grandmother’s old Missouri recipe for plum pudding.

Bustling around her kitchen in Republic, Wilma Goddard reminisces about Christmas of 1998. It was her mother’s last Christmas. Goddard was expecting both her mother and uncle for Christmas dinner.

Local Woman Traces Roots to Mayflower Ship

Nov 24, 2008

We all remember the elementary school Thanksgiving plays, where kids dress up as Pilgrims and Indians and share the harvest of the land. For one Springfield resident, those plays meant a great deal more than they did to her peers: she’s a direct descendant of one of the Mayflower ship’s most prominent passengers. As part of KSMU’s ongoing series, “Sense of Place,” Jennifer Moore interviewed her and has this story. 

Butterfield Overland Mail Route

Sep 17, 2008

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek took place 147 years ago this week. Yesterday, the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield recognized the anniversary of the actual battle, unveiling an original painting of the historic campaign.As part of our ongoing series, “A Sense of Place,” KSMU’s Jennifer Moore went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Civil War battlefield and reports on how the National Park Service is trying to keep the area looking just as it did on the day of the battle.

As part of KSMU's ongoing series "A Sense of Place," Jennifer Moore traveled to West Plains, and visited with the fourth-generation owner of a downtown building who says he could never leave there.

The History of Springfield's Water Supply, Part 2

Jun 11, 2008

Valley Water Mill is a place where the past and the future intersect. Construction is underway on the Watershed Center. It will be a place to educate future generations about how to protect bodies of water in the Ozarks. It will also be a place to pay tribute to the history of this place. Loring Bullard is executive director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and author of the book "Consider the Source: A History of the Springfield, Missouri Public Water Supply." He says the water at Valley Water Mill is part of a network of ground water.

The History of Springfield's Water Supply, Part 1

Jun 10, 2008

Loring Bullard, Executive Director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and author of a book that details the history of Springfield’s public water supply. We met at Valley Water Mill to talk about that history. This was once the site of the McCracken Mill, then, in 1889, the private company that supplied water to the city of Springfield purchased the land. Bullard says the water company faced tough scrutiny.

Bullard says part of the scrutiny also came from an increased public awareness about the connection between illness and contaminated water.

The History of Springfield National Cemetery

May 28, 2008

About 15 hundred people attended a ceremony on Memorial Day at Springfield National Cemetery. As part of KSMU’s ongoing local history series “A Sense of Place,” KSMU’s Missy Shelton visited the cemetery to find out what it can teach us about the past.

The history of Springfield National Cemetery is apparent when you first pull up to the narrow black gates at the cemetery’s entrance.

And changing those narrow gates is impossible given that the cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Driving goggles and vintage ball gowns are just some of the items on display at the Springfield Greene County History Museum through mid-May. They’re part of an exhibit called “On the town: What people did for fun in Springfield.” As part of our ongoing local history series Sense of Place, KSMU’s Missy Shelton takes a tour of the exhibit.