As a youngster in school our teachers did their best to involve us with the history and heritage of the Ozarks, which included reading The Ozarks Mountaineer Magazine. At the time it was what most of us thought…”boring information about stuff we could care less about, bring on the lunch bell”. With a little age under my belt I was dead wrong and now I wish I would have read it from cover to cover.
According to it’s publisher The Ozarks Mountaineer publishes factual articles about the hill country and highlands between the Mississippi River and the lakes country of eastern Oklahoma, bounded on the south by the Arkansas River and on the north by the Missouri River. Subjects of interest include, but are not limited to, personalities, crafts and crafts people, our environment, architecture, geography, historical and current events in the region and humor.
Heck it’s more than that, it’s a fine slice of of our family, friends our grandfathers and grandmothers. Today I would have be thrilled to have all those back issues that slipped through my grubby little hands and were thrown away in the trash. I think a good thrashing would be deserved.
Today’s Mountaineer, in it’s latest issue, is featuring the Paul and Ruth Henning Conservation Area in Branson, I like the fact it’s not concentrating on the much covered Branson Music Scene. Another story instructs you on modern methods in making lye soap and another on non-native plant species in the Ozarks. With today’s economy, issues and costs those back issues would come in handy when it was time to “do it yourself”, at least we would have references as to how our ancestors did a few things. The magazine is still available and it still has some of those great stories with information that could be used today.
Worth the subscription in my opinion.