Final plans for 2012 original exhibits at the White River Valley Historical Society and the Branson Centennial Museum are currently underway, according to WRVHS Managing Director Leslie Wyman.

“While we have a large number of photos and objects in our collections for the remainder of this year’s exhibits, there are some gaps we’d like to fill with items from the community”, stated Wyman. “In addition, we’re always interested in seeing what might be available for us to borrow, even if not on our ‘wish list’ during planning sessions.”

An item particularly needed is a jon boat for the upcoming Branson Centennial “Fire and Water” exhibit, scheduled to open in late July. The next WRVHS display, scheduled for late August, will be “Forgotten Towns”, and the exhibit committee is interested in any information and photos regarding Taney County towns and communities no longer in existence. Later exhibits will focus on schools, businesses, and military conflicts — loans of photos and objects for any of these are welcomed.

“Anyone with items to lend is requested to contact us as soon as possible, in order to give committee members time to incorporate them into exhibit plans,” Wyman said. “We can also scan original photos while you wait, and return them to you immediately.” Arrangements can be made by calling the WRVHS at 417-546-2210, or emailing wrvhs@hotmail.com.

The Branson Centennial Museum’s current exhibit on the “Roots of Tourism” runs through the end of July at 101 Veteran’s Blvd (corner of Business 65 and W Hwy 76) in Branson. Hours there are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm, with no admission charge.

The White River Valley Historical Society is located at 297 Main Street, Forsyth, across from the Judicial Facility, with a museum, research library, and bookstore/gift shop. Regular operating hours at the WRVHS are 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, with no admission charge, with “Agricultural Roots” on display through mid-August.