History Museum Hosts Dr. Brooks Blevins for Book Signing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— History Museum on the Square will be hosting a book signing with author Dr. Brooks Blevins and his most recent work, A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2: The Conflicted Ozarks. The event will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Welcome Center of the museum. The event is free and open to the public. Regular admission will be charged for attendees wishing to tour the museum.

A history of the Ozark region during the long Civil War era, from the 1850s to the 1880s, the book follows the region and its people through slavery, the secession crisis, war, and reconstruction. It offers a fresh look at the region’s experience during the most destructive and divisive era in American history.

A native of the rural Ozarks, Brooks Blevins has written or edited nine books, most of them on the history of his home region. Among his most notable titles are Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Region (2002), Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State (2009), and Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South (2012). Blevins has currently completed two books in a trilogy about the Ozarks, A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1: The Old Ozarks, and the just released A History of the Ozarks Volume 2: The Conflicted Ozarks. Since 2008 Blevins has been the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield. He also serves as one of the hosts of Ozark Highlands Radio.