The Phelps County Commemorative Quilt was made a local group of 6 quilters, for the St. James Chamber of Commerce, to help us celebrate Phelps County’s contribution to the State for the past 200 years. The first settlers arrived in the Phelps County area sometime around 1818 and throughout the 200+ years, Phelps County citizens have made some very significant contributions to not only the State, but world-wide. The quilters worked with the County Historical Society to do research about the County, the various points of interest and some of the people who throughout history have made an impact in our area. The group says they have really enjoyed learning more about our County’s history and all the towns that make up the County. They also enjoyed creating the block patterns reflecting the County’s natural resources, beauty and interest. The commemorative quilt will be displayed at the St. James Tourist Information Center Oct 1-5, 2021 and then available to be displayed throughout the county and state. It will end its tour at the 2021 Grape & Fall Festival where it will be displayed in the exhibition hall on Aug. 25-28, 2021. For more information, please contact the Chamber Director at email@example.com.
The Snelson-Brinker Foundation is creating a new website documenting the history of the Snelson-Brinker House. Located in Crawford County, the Snelson-Brinker House was built in 1834 and served as the first Crawford County Courthouse and a way-stop for the Cherokee people on the Trail of Tears. The Snelson-Brinker House was destroyed by arson in 2017. As work continues on the physical site, the website will provide users insight into the unique historic events that unfolded on the property.
The anticipated launch date for the website is fall 2020.
On Feb. 24, 1870, Missouri Governor Joseph W. McClurg signed the act to establish a school of mines and metallurgy in southeast Missouri. That act led to the creation of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, which later became the University of Missouri-Rolla, known today as Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). On Feb. 25, 2020, 150 years and one day after Gov. McClurg’s action, Missouri S&T’s accomplishments and impact on the State of Missouri were celebrated with Missouri S&T Day at the State Capitol. The event was open to the public and showcased informational historical banners, hands-on demonstrations, student design teams, and speakers, including Gov. Parson and University of Missouri President Mun Choi.
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) was chartered on February 24, 1870, as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, and classes were called to order on Nov. 6, 1871. The first technological institution west of the Mississippi – and one of the first in the nation – the university was a product of the Morrill Act of 1862 and the land-grant movement of the late 19th century. In 2020-2021, Missouri S&T will mark a 150-year legacy of discovery, creativity, and innovation through a series of events, including notable speakers, performances, time capsule creation, and exhibits. The 13-month celebration will kick-off at Homecoming in 2020 and wrap up in November 2021.