Calendar of Upcoming Folklore and Folk Arts Events:

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Wyatt Fiddle Shop in Independence maintains a fiddle events calendar, with lots of information on upcoming contests:


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A note on Native American Events: we post notices of pow-wows which are open to the general public. It’s a worthwhile experience. However, if you have never attended a powwow before, please click here.

July through December 31

Civil War era exhibit at the Depot Museum and Gallery. For more information, call (573) 481-9967

Missouri had 1,162 military actions, the third highest number, after Virginia and Tennessee. Of that number, only two--Wilson's Creek (August 10, 1861) and Westport (October 23, 1864)-- are considered battles. The remaining incidents were primarily skirmishes.

July-August 10

Civil War Exhibit: A State Divided

Osage County Historical Society Cultural Heritage Center.
For more information call (573) 897-2932.

July 10-12

Mark Twain Old Threshers' Reunion
Paris fairgrounds
for more information call (573) 721-5705

July 11-13
Gumbo Bottom

This is your chance to see an original musical based on local history, co-written by MFS' own Cathy Barton Para.

for more information call (660) 537-4139

July 12

Milling Demonstration
Free Tours
Hulston Mill Historical Park
for more information call (417) 424-3410

July 12-13

Learn about textile arts and crafts at "Fiber U"
At the Civic Center
for more information, call (417) 533-5280

July 12
frog gigging -- for kids

 ...a traditional form of wildlife harvesting

at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
(573) 325-1381

July 18-20

Owensville Threshers Annual Antique Steam Engine and Farming Show
Rosebud City Park

for more information call (573) 437-2402

July 19
Champions Youth Bull Riding at the Saddle Club

for more information call (573) 793-3118

July 24
West Plains
Ozark Family Rodeo

Not many folk festivals are as thoroughly American as the rodeo, where the cowboy's work is celebrated and made the center of ritual contest.

Pioneer Saddle Club
(888) 256-8835

July 24-27

Macon County Flywheel Association
at the Macon County Fairgrounds
for more information call (660) 385-3639

July 25-26

Ozark Rodeo Association
Rodeo at the Saddle Club

for more information call (573) 336-5066

July 25

Sullivan rodeo at the Club Arena
for more information call (573) 259-7970

July 26
National Day of the Cowboy

Club Arena and 4-H barns

for more information, call (573) 259-7970

July 31-August 3
Back 40 Bluegrass Festival

Back 40 Bluegrass Park

for more information call (573) 324-5437
or visit

July 12: Sedalia 

Civil War Re-Enactment & BBQ

September 19-20: West Plains

Ozarks Studies Symposium -- "Modernity and Regional Identity"

The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its eighth annual symposium. The symposium will take place September 19 and 20, 2014, on the MSU campus in West Plains, Missouri.

The theme of this symposium is "Modernity and Regional Identity." Although the committee is especially interested in receiving proposals that focus specifically upon the Ozarks, it also welcomes presentations exploring any theme related to the impact of modernity upon any regional identity. This broad theme is intended to accommodate consideration of a wide variety of topics, such as the adoption of or resistance to aspects of modernity, the positive or negative impact of modernity upon the region, the preservation or loss of folkways, shifting political attitudes within rural regions, the depiction of modernity in regional literature or in other regional-based media, the impact of modernity upon religion, the impact of major wars or military actions upon rural regions, the impact of improved technology and communication upon regional dialect, economics, education, gender identities, farming practices and farm economies, and social policies.

For purposes of this symposium, the Ozarks is defined broadly to encompass much of Missouri and Arkansas and adjacent portions of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Illinois. The general definition of modernity as “the state of being modern” applies with special significance in the context of this symposium because the Ozarks and other relatively rural regions have often been viewed as alien and unprogressive in relation to mainstream American society.

Community members, historians, oral historians, folklorists, artists, writers, scholars, or students representing any discipline or field are invited to propose presentations consistent with this theme. Each presenter will be allotted 30 minutes; presenters will be asked to limit their prepared presentations to approximately 20 to 25 minutes to allow time for questions and discussion. Presentations may take the form of conventional conference papers or any other form suitable for such a symposium.

Proposals should be approximately 250 to 300 words in length and should include a preliminary summary of the content of the proposed presentation and a list of any audio-visual or other technological requirements. They should also include the submitter's name, institutional affiliation (if applicable) and complete contact information. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Phillip Howerton, Associate Professor of English, 128 Garfield Avenue, West Plains, MO 65775 or Proposals must be received by August 1, 2014, to be given full consideration.

October 18-19: Hannibal

Make plans now to attend the 38th Annual Autumn Historic Folklife Festival


November 6-8: Boonville

Annual meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society

This is the big one!

Three days of papers, presentations, storytelling, jamming, food, fun and fellowship. A real bargain, open equally to scholars, traditionbearers and enthusiasts of folklore, folk music, folklife. For more information, visit our homepage (link below) or write to



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