Civil War · Greene County · Mary Phelps · Springfield

Woman receives honor for orphanages

Springfield News-Leader, 11:00 PM, Sep. 18, 2011, by Claudette Riley Historical marker will remember care of Civil War orphans. The orphaned children of Civil War soldiers were fed, loved and looked after in a series of Springfield homes operated by Mary Whitney Phelps. This month, the Civil War Orphans' Home historical marker -- honoring Phelps'… Continue reading Woman receives honor for orphanages

Cole County · Greene County · Hall of Famous Missourians · Jefferson City · Missouri State University

Women’s History Month

It's that time of year again!  There are so many great Women's History Month activities-- reading the 19th amendment aloud in front of a crackling fire, going to the mall to sit on Susan B. Anthony's lap--  that it's easy to get overwhelmed.  It's important to remember the true purpose of the season: coming out to support your local… Continue reading Women’s History Month

Arizona "Ma" Barker · Ash Grove · Greene County · Howell County · Oregon County · Outlaw · Shelley Winters · St. Louis · Thayer · West Plains

Arizona “Ma” Barker

Stop for a moment, and imagine Ma Barker.  Is she waving a Tommy gun, chawing a cigar, and plotting a bank robbery?  Is she brow-beating her weak-willed criminal sons, and generally being a role model for overbearing mothers everywhere?  We thought so. Well, you have two people to thank for that wildly inaccurate image: FBI founder… Continue reading Arizona “Ma” Barker

Civil War · Sarah Campbell · Springfield

Confederate Girlhoods

Students, History Museum publish women’s history of early Springfield Book features women’s perspectives on slavery, the Civil War, pioneering Friday, October 29, 2010 Students in the department of English at Missouri State University have partnered with The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County to publish “Confederate Girlhoods: A Women’s History of Early Springfield, Missouri.” With the… Continue reading Confederate Girlhoods

African American · Mary Price Walls · Missouri State University · Springfield

Mary Price Walls

From the Springfield News-Leader, June 28, 2010: First Black Applicant Gets Degree from MSU: Son's Curiosity Uncovers Walls' Place in MSU History and Prompts Honorary Degree by Didi Tang On July 30, Mary Price Walls, 78, will get an honorary degree from Missouri State University, 60 years after her hometown college refused to allow her… Continue reading Mary Price Walls

Amelia Earhart · Aviatrix · Springfield

"It just doesn’t do to wear skirts in these." – Amelia in Springfield –

Amelia Earhart brought her controversial self to Springfield, Missouri in June of 1931 ... which begs the question, where was the municipal airport in 1931??? “Not rebuked, Amelia says,” Springfield (Mo.) Press, June 20, 1931, page 1. A slim sunburned girl Saturday landed her yellow auto-giro at Municipal airport and chatted in a friendly manner… Continue reading "It just doesn’t do to wear skirts in these." – Amelia in Springfield –