Thursday, July 22, 2021

Springfield-Greene County Library District: "Sketches from Springfield: A Cartoon History"

Here is a rarity: a newly produced video presentation on the lives and impact of cartoonists in the Ozarks region of Missouri. This insightful presentation by Konrad Stump, local history associate with the Springfield-Greene County Library District, reminds us of the importance of cartoonists who commented on not just national news, but regional issues as well. 

"Cartoons have been shaping the conversation around Ozarks culture and Springfield happenings for generations. From well-known newspaper cartoonist Bob Palmer and "hillbilly" cartoonist Art Omans, to photographer Betty Love's years-long stint as newspaper staff artist, Local History Associate Konrad Stump explores in this virtual event how these remarkable cartoonists captured history and shares how the Library's archives are preserving their work. 

"This Missouri Bicentennial event is part of a series of programs centered on the "Struggle for Statehood," a traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of Missouri statehood. It was created by the Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri, partners in the Bicentennial Alliance. Support for programming is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit for more information about the traveling exhibit and program series."


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