Upcoming Events

New! The Ozark County Historium Quilt Group will have its first meeting on August 25 at 10:00 a.m., when Virginia McMurtrey (shown) will lead us as we make blocks from the popular book, The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. The group is open to everyone, with no cost to participate. We'll make selected blocks from the book and learn about the tradition of quilting as we go along. Please join us, whether you are new to quilting or have made a quilt before. When it's over, you'll have a quilt -- perhaps a table runner or wall hanging or even a bed quilt -- it's up to you!
Coming soon!  Did your family have its photo featured on a Christmas card "back in the day?" If so, share yours with us, please! We're gathering as many of these gems as we can for an exhibit coming this winter. We can scan your original and give it back to you. Drop it at the Historium to have this done, or mail it to: Historium, PO Box 4, Gainesville, MO, 65655. We'll send your card back to you.
What's your favorite Ozarks-ism? We're collecting those clever, funny and unique sayings and expressions used by our grandparents and parents to print and display at Hootin an Hollarin in September. Please email your favorites to: ozarkco1@ozarkcounyhistory.org. An example: "He's tighter than Dick's hatband" for someone who is stingy with his money.

Ruby Robins Read about the woman who has made all of the information on this website available.

Ozark County Historium

Our mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the unique history and heritage of Ozark County, Missouri.

Our home is a renovated general merchandise store building located on the west side of the square in the county seat of Gainesville. Purchased with generous donations of supporters of the OCGHS in 2010, the 1920s-era building now houses a well-stocked genealogy library and provides a friendly, cheerful place for ever-changing events and exhibits in keeping with our mission.

Our organization, founded in 1986, offers membership to anyone with an interest in Ozark County, whether by birth or adoption. Meetings are held quarterly, and those who pay dues receive a subscription to the popular newsletter The Old Mill Run.


Here is a sample of the Old Mill Newsletter of which a subscription is included in your Membership to the OCGHS - join us today and read about yesterday.

© 2014 Ozark County Historium

Photographs: The images you will find on this website are the property of the Ozark County Genealogical and Historical Society. We ask that you refrain from copying them from our site. However, if you wish to purchase a copy, either digital or print, of a photograph, many of them are available.

Please contact us via email for information on individual images.


Email: ozarkco1@ozarkcountyhistory.org

(417) 679-2400 • P.O. Box 4, Gainesville,MO 65655


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