Making Local Memories: Children’s Television in the Ozarks

The History Museum on the Square is excited to share a new temporary exhibit, Making Local Memories: Children’s Television in the Ozarks.  We are excited to be able to extend this exhibit until the end of October. This exhibit is on display from Wednesday, July 21 to Sunday, October 31, 2021, in the Voices of History Gallery of the Museum located at 154 Park Central Square.

In the early years of local television, much of the programming was local, and whether it was a circus clown, a sea captain, or a kindly aunt having a birthday party, it became a part of everyday life for kids of all ages. Come to the museum and get to know early Springfield television pioneers like hosts “Aunt” Alice Lowe, “Aunt” Rene Handley, “Aunt” Norma Champion, and “Captain” Briny. They were household names for Springfieldians with children in the 1950’s and 60’s. This engaging exhibit includes everything from photos and videos to actual props and puppets used to entertain during these live television shows. So make sure you join the museum to share memories growing up and watching local children’s television in Springfield.

Sponsored by: The Ozarks Studies Institute – Missouri State University Libraries.