And when you are working on that great book for which an impatient world has been waiting all these weary centuries, remember that there are many books in the world already, that a surprising number of them are good, and that there is no need for hurry in producing another bad one.

Those words represent John Neihardt’s thoughts on creative writing. The author, who lived with his family near Branson from 1921–1948, is one of several people featured in “The Creative Ozarks”, an original exhibit currently on display at the White River Valley Historical Society. Also included in are Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey, Silas Turnbo, Vance Randolph, Townsend Godsey, Rose O’Neill, John D. Arnold, and a look at some of the artwork of The Society of Ozark Painters, a group dedicated to regional landscape painting of the Ozarks of southern Missouri in the early 1900s.

The exhibit will run through June 14th in the Society’s museum, located at 297 Main Street, Forsyth, across from the Judicial Center. Hours are Monday–Friday, 10:00–4:00, weather permitting.

“Happy Birthday,” currently on display at the Branson Centennial Museum, celebrates several notable events in the area, including the completion of Powersite Dam in 1913. Winter hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00–4:00, weather permitting, at 101 Veteran’s Blvd (corner of Business 65 and W Hwy 76), Branson.