The first 2013 meeting of the Cedar-Vernon Counties Genealogy Society was Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Nevada Library meeting room with 21 members and one guest present. Valo Jones and Lynda Bishop led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Jean Lovewell shared a scrapbook she had made of her father’s school pictures and old valentines. Mr. Zartman attended school in Cedar and Vernon County. The valentines were from teachers and classmates in the 1920s.
Kathe Rader has been helping Missouri Archives with 1962 death certificates and that information will soon be available to those doing the indexing. Kathe also helped index name cards from the Independence Gazette that will be available online when that project is completed.
Neoma Foreman introduced Will Tollerton, curator of the Bushwhacker Museum. Will said the museum and the Historical Society have several social and cultural events being coordinated. This includes “Impressions of the Civil War in Missouri”, an art exhibit of 30-50 paintings by Dan Woodward. May 26 will be the 150th anniversary of the burning of Nevada and in conjunction with the Civil War Sesquicentennial will be the opening of “A State Divided/The Civil War in Missouri Exhibit”. There will also be a play, “Border War Reflections”, written by Stephanie Goodman and directed by Al Fenske that will be presented at the Fox Playhouse.
Will invited members to the museum to see the renovations being done. He said the museum has access to probate records from 1850 to the mid-20th century, cemetery directories, general correspondence, newspaper articles, names that have been indexed in the museum archive data base and papers from the Turpin-Hayes Funeral Home that include State Hospital burials, burial receipts and date of burial.
The next meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Church of Christ, El Dorado Springs. The program, given by Kay Sewell, will be Recipes of the Past and Family Favorites. Some of the recipes will be prepared for lunch following the meeting.
Will Tollerton, curator of the Bushwhacker Museum