A study group focused on the vigilantes in the area, as well as a variety of classes for researchers and children are included in the White River Valley Historical Society’s 2016 lineup of educational offerings.
In April, the WRVHS will launch a new evening study group. Tentatively titled Bald Knobber University, the monthly sessions will include in-depth discussions on the 1800s vigilante groups from Taney, Douglas, and Christian counties.
“We’re excited to be able to start the study group this year,” stated Leslie Wyman, WRVHS Managing Director. “The Bald Knobber vigilante groups are always of interest to people. Between the surviving court records from the era, the donation of the Morrow Collection that includes 30 years of documents and articles on the subject, and the various publications produced over the years on the subject, we’re discovering that some of the earlier assumptions about the three county’s groups may not be correct, and those who have a passion on the subject are looking forward to being able to study this portion of our history a little closer.”
Also in April, the Society, in partnership with the Taneycomo Chapter DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), will offer a series of monthly research classes, which will each include a short program followed by personal research time aided by members of both organizations.
“We partnered with the Taneycomo Chapter DAR for these monthly sessions last year,” Wyman continued, “and were amazed at the response. We ended up with enough registrations that we had to split the group into morning and afternoon segments! The sessions included guest speakers, field trips, and various presentations, as well as plenty of time for each participant to visit with an experienced researcher and work on their own projects. The students didn’t have to be interested in joining DAR or any other lineage society, but discovered their research skills improved tremendously by following the exacting standards used by those groups.”
Plans for 2016 also include the Society’s annual Beginning Research workshop and several classes and programs geared to children’s groups.
The WRVHS offers a wide range of educational offerings, including customized programs and courses for organizations, schools, and homeschool groups, at no cost to the participants. For more information, call 417-546-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.