Nathaniel N. Kinney. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Rolla Research Center, William L. Vandeventer Papers (R1428)]

Nathaniel “Nat” N. Kinney has a popular image as a romantic, violent, swashbuckling…

Emma R. Knell, circa 1926. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Knell Family Photographs Collection, P0708-015517]

Emma R. Knell, a businesswoman and politician, was born in Moline, Illinois, on October 21…

Dorothy Leake in the 1920s

Dorothy Van Dyke Leake, an educator noted for her ecological work and her efforts to…

Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Mary Kathy Dains Photograph Collection, P0300]

Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey was a lifelong newspaper and magazine journalist, and a regional…

Hanging rock

Located in the southwest corner of Missouri, McDonald County borders Arkansas and Oklahoma. Situated within the…

George Caleb Bingham’s depiction of the violence and tragedy of the Missouri-Kansas border war in his iconic painting Order No. 11. [State Historical Society of Missouri Art Collection, 1945.0003]

Civil war raged along the Kansas-Missouri border for nearly a…

This map shows the layout of the small village of Newtonia as it existed during the Civil War. [Courtesy of Larry Wood]

During the early months of the Civil War, the Missouri State Guard and the…

Jack Oakie. [University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs, JWS25751]

Jack Oakie was long considered one of the screen’s most notorious scene-stealers. He had a…

Jim Owen promoting the Branson Silver Cornet Band, one of his many enterprises. [Courtesy of Trenton Thompson/Findagrave.com]

James M. Owen, a young advertising and insurance professional in Jefferson City, left mid-…

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. [Popular Science Monthly, May 1890]

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft has a deserved reputation as an accomplished scientist-explorer who…