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Conference 2022

Shiloh Museum of Ozarks History

8:15-8:30 Introduction & Welcome

Dr. Mara Cohen Ioannides, OSA President


8:45-10:00 Ozarks Land Development

Moderator: Jared Phillips, University of Arkansas


“Owner Financed Land Sales”

Alex Primm, Independent Scholar


“Ozark’s ecotourism conceptualization, endowments, and trends: Practitioner perspective”

Bernard Kitheka, MSU


Common Ground: An Examination of Rural Planning and the Growing Amish Presence in  Missouri

Krista Evans, MSU


10:15-11:45: Social Problems in the Ozarks Urban Landscape: Social Science Research in the Ozarks

Moderator: Mara Cohen Ioannides, Missouri State University


“Assessing Vaccine Hesitancy Motivations in Northwest Springfield, Missouri”

Bethany Brauer & Emily Fessler, MSU


“Tiny Figured Worlds: Selfhood and Identity on the Street and at Eden Village”

Marnie K. Watson, MSU


“Evaluating Springfield Community Gardens and Its Regenerative Agriculture Programs in Reducing Food Insecurity”

Christina Ryder, MSU


“Homelessness and Tiny Houses”

Krista Evans, MSU


“Springfield Nonprofit Leadership Study”

Catherine Hoegeman, MSU


“Ozark Narratives of Financial Anxiety:  Skepticism, Multiple Monies, and Entrepreneurial MMJ Growers in a Red State”

Erin Kenny, MSU


12:00-1:00: Lunch

Keynote Address: “People, Water, and the Land”

Leif Kindberg

Executive Director, Illinois River Watershed Partnership


1:15-2:45: Ozarks Cultures

Moderator: Brooks Blevins, Missouri State University


“The Vision of the Way:  A Modern Expression of Pentecostalism in the Oklahoma Ozarks” 

Russ Jones, MSU


“J.H. Phipps: Arkansas Timber Baron?”

Rachel Whitaker, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History


“Tina Marie Wilcox, the Heritage Herb Gardens, and Their Lasting Impact

on the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas”

Laura Adams Willette, AFTA


“The Failure of a Jewish Agriculture Commune in the Arkansas Ozarks”

Mara Cohen Ioannides, MSU


3:00-3:45: Preserving the Ozarks: A Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Jared Phillips, University of Arkansas

Angie Albright, Executive Director, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

 Vanessa McKuin, Executive Director, Historic Cane Hill

 Joshua Cobbs Youngblood, University of Arkansas Special Collections


4:00-5:30: The Popular Ozarks

Moderator: Brooks Blevins

“Si Siman: Entertainment Pioneer of the Ozarks”

Kathryn Ledbetter, MSU


“A Century of Hillbilly Variety Shows, Still Going Strong”

Thomas Peters, MSU


“‘That Hard, Uncompromising Face’: Feminine Power in Harold Bell Wright’s Ma Cinderella”

John Han, MBU


“‘A Stronger Vault for the Spirit:’ The Presence of Nature in Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone”

Michael J. Beilfuss, Missouri Southern State University


5:45 PM: Dismissal and Call for 2023 Conference

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