The White River Valley Historical Society will be offering several classes and workshops for the summer and fall for individuals of all ages, as well as for organizations, schools, and homeschool groups. All classes are free; however, may require advance registration.

On Monday, May 22, 6:00pm, the monthly Bald Knobber University study group will begin its second season. Continuing the theme from 2016, the monthly sessions will include in-depth discussions on the 1800s vigilante groups from Taney, Douglas, and Christian counties.

“The Bald Knobber University study group proved to be very popular last year,” stated Leslie Wyman, WRVHS Managing Director. “The participants all had a deep passion on the subject of the vigilante group, and it was exciting to hear of the different perspectives regarding the activities of that era. Several of the attendees were descendants of Bald Knobbers or Anti-Bald Knobbers, and added copies of their family pictures and papers to our collection. This year, participants will have the opportunity to review papers in our newly-received Elmo and Bessie Ingenthron Collection, as well as the surviving Taney County court records from the era, the Lynn Morrow Collection, and other publications and documentation.”

On Saturday, June 3rd at 10am, the Society, in partnership with the Taneycomo Chapter DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), will continue its series of monthly research classes.

“We’ve partnered with the Taneycomo Chapter DAR for these monthly sessions for the past two years”, Wyman continued, “and have been very pleased with the turnout. For our 2017 series, we’ll begin each session with a short program on using a specific website and each participant will then receive the name of a new “cousin” to immediately begin hands-on research with that month’s website. Following that, everyone will work on their own individual research for the remainder of the day, with experienced researchers from both organizations on hand to assist if needed.”

New for 2017 is a summer course for families interested in exploring their family history together.  The weekly class (date TBD) will include an assortment of field trips and unique projects geared to children and adults, as well as teach the basics of genealogical research.

For more information or to pre-register, call 417-546-2210 or email info@wrvhs.org.