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Introduction to Oral History Workshop:   June 23 / 8:30 am- 1 pm / Pineville Community Center
Jeff Corrigan, The State Historical Society of Missouri's oral historian will be presenting the fundamentals of conducting oral history projects from initial idea to finished product including planning, technology, drafting questions and more.   The class is suitable for individuals seeking to document family history as well as for organizations and individuals embarking on large-scale oral history projects.
The session is sponsored by the McDonald County Historical Society and will be held at the Pineville Community Center, 602 Jesse James Road, Pineville, MO 64856.  There will be tour of the Historic Courthouse from 8:30-9:15 with the workshop beginning at 9:30 am.  The cost, which includes lunch, is $15.  RSVP to Lynn Tatum by phone at 417 223-3593 or by email at tatum2@olemac.net.
Sheriff's House
McDonald County Historical Society recently purchased the
Historic Sheriff's House located at 302 Harmon Street,
Pineville, MO 64856 in order to ensure that it will be preserved
for future generations.
Karen Almeter

Karen Almeter will be the featured speaker at a public meeting of the
McDonald County Historical Society on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2 o'clock
at  the Pineville Community Center on Jesse James Road. She
 will be talking about the preservation project of this one room,
McDonald County School House. Hope you will put it on your
calendar and join us for a trip back in time. We will be serving
some light refreshments and giving updates on the courthouse restoration.

Bell Starr
Belle Starr (Myra Belle Shirley) died in 1889 (Feb 3). There is marker on northside of Carthage MO square marking location of Myra's father John Shirley's hotel/livery & home. He owned most of the northside lots. Perhaps first movie made about her was silent film in 1912 & it did play Carthage. Museum will post article we have on Belle Starr film shot in McDonald County.

McDonald County, Missouri is proud of our rich heritage and strong family roots nurtured for more than two centuries in the southwest corner of Missouri. Welcome to the McDonald County Historical Society and the McDonald County Museum.

We meet the third Sunday of every other month at the New Courthouse in Pineville, Missouri, and invite you to join us as we learn more about our rich history and strive to preserve our heritage for all generations.

As a member you will help to support historical and genealogical research, can participate in events and activities including our many projects, and meet new friends.

Salt Peter Cave on Big Sugar Creek

You probably knew that Salt Peter cave was used in the movie Jesse James in 1938. But did you know there were 2 entrances to the cave. During the battle in Pea Ridge, Arkansas in the Civil War the cave was used for storing arms ansalt peter caved gun powder.
Stories have been told that there were card games held there and the women folk would bring sandwiches for the men. High school students explored the cave.

(Photo from Missouri Digital Heritage)

James Tatum
Attorney, James M. Tatum-July-1931
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Millers swimming hole
Miller's Swimming Hole

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