A set of paintings of historical buildings from the area was recently donated to the White River Valley Historical Society by the Forsyth branch of Arvest Bank.

“Arvest is pleased to be able to donate these paintings to the White River Historical Society” said Lori Hall, Branch Manager of Arvest Bank in Forsyth. “Community involvement is so important to us and we are thrilled the entire community will now have an opportunity to experience these beautiful depictions of Forsyth history for years to come.”

The 15 original watercolors by artist Juanita Maxwell, originally purchased by Boatmen’s Bank of Taney County in the late 1970s, include a variety of familiar scenes, including the Taney County Jail, Helphrey School, Williams barn near Cedar Creek, and Peck Miller’s Forsyth Hotel.

“We’re so honored that Arvest Bank chose to donate the paintings to us,” stated WRVHS Managing Director Leslie Wyman. “To celebrate this fantastic collection, we have them all on display as part of our ongoing Creative Ozarks exhibit, which runs through June 14th. After that, we’ll rotate them periodically throughout our museum and research library, plus have images available for viewing on our catalog here in the WRVHS.”

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