Vintage ‘Old Forsyth’ Film Footage at WRVHS

Old Forsyth

This is a photo of ‘Old Forsyth’, taken after 1932 from the top of Shadow Rock Bluff. Note the ice house in the foreground. From the Jerry and Opal Gideon Family Collection

The White River Valley Historical Society will be revealing rare film footage of ‘Old Forsyth’ during its’ quarterly presentation on Sunday, March 9, weather permitting. This free program will be held at 297 Main Street in Forsyth (across from the Judicial Center), beginning with refreshments at 1:00pm, and a brief business meeting at 1:45 followed immediately by the presentation.

As she was processing some of the “Jerry and Opal Gideon Family Collection” items to be housed at the Society, Rebecca Gideon Roberts found a VHS recording of home movie camera footage of Forsyth in the late 1940s, apparently filmed by members of Carl Moore’s family. While the unedited version includes clips of individuals and frequent pauses while the original audience viewing the home movie discusses different identities, the WRVHS production on Sunday will focus on scenes of the various businesses in the town, which was located where current-day Shadow Rock Park is. Interspersed in the presentation will be images of old Forsyth, as well as stories about the town from the Society’s collection of oral history interviews.

The White River Valley Historical Society is located at 297 Main Street, Forsyth, across from the Judicial Center, with a museum, research library, and bookstore/gift shop. WRVHS hours are Monday–Friday, 10:00–4:00, weather permitting. The Society’s Branson Centennial Museum is located at 101 Veteran’s Blvd (corner of Business 65 and W Hwy 76), and features the Jim D. Morris Gallery, as well as a bookstore/gift shop. Winter hours at the Centennial Museum are Friday–Saturday, 10:00–4:00, weather permitting. There is no admission charge at either location.

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