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AUGUST 7, 2014
at 7 p.m. Business meeting; Program TBA
PCGS is 20 years old!
More information on the 20th anniversary of
the formation of the Society coming soon!
County Family Histories Book 2!
Publication planned for 2014!
You can still order a book at the pre-sale
County Family Histories Book 2 for
UPDATE: On Wednesday,
March 5, Susan Sparks' appointment by
Gov. Jay Nixon
to the State Historical Records Advisory
Board was confirmed by the Missouri
Senate. Sparks currently serves as the
president of the Polk County
Society and the Downtown Bolivar
in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press,
March 7, 2014
Mark and Susan Sparks, Senator Mike Parson
PCGS Board of Directors are proud to
announce the following:
nominated for historical records board!
Published in the Bolivar
Herald-Free Press, February 20,
2014, written by Matthew Barba
Susan Sparks has always had a love of history,
looking into the past and uncovering the
stories of those who came before.
Thanks to that love of the past, Sparks has
been nominated by Gov. Jay Nixon as a
member of the State Historical Records
Advisory Board, where, if her nomination is
confirmed, she will help shape the future of
historical records preservation throughout
Missouri’s historical records advisory board
is the central advisory body for historical
records planning and National Historical
Publications and Records Commission-funded
projects. The board facilitates cooperation
and communication among historical records
repositories and information agencies within
It is also the state-level review body for
proposals to the National Historical
and Records Commission and Local Records
Preservation Program grant programs.
“An amazing amount of historical documents are
tucked into small, locally run facilities,”
Sparks said. “Most of these facilities have a
limited amount of resources and must
employ ‘preservation on a budget’ methods. The
local records grant program can be
a tipping point in facilities’ budgets and can
dictate the level of care documents receive.”
Sparks knows much about historic preservation
on a budget, serving as the president
of the Polk County Genealogical Society since
“It has been an honor to help preserve Polk
County’s rich and varied history, and I
look forward to serving the state of Missouri
as a member of the Missouri Historical
Records Advisory Board,” Sparks said.
“The opportunity to have a voice in the
guidance of historical records preservation
from my experience of volunteering at a
non-tax supported facility should be helpful
for other facilities in rural settings.”
The term for which she has been nominated will
end Nov. 1, 2016.
Sparks is also president of the Downtown
Bolivar Association and a director for the
Bolivar Community Betterment Association.
Also nominated were Gregory B. Allen of Kansas
City, Cynthia L. Parks of Columbia
and David E. Richards of Springfield. The
nominations are subject to approval by
the Missouri Senate.
NOTE: The Missouri Historical Records Advisory
Board (MHRAB) was created by statute
in 1989 and is assigned to the Office of the
Secretary of State. Members are appointed
by the governor, with the advice and consent
of the senate. Federal regulations require
members to have experience and interest in the
collection, administration, and use of
historical records, as well as dedication to
the preservation of and access to Missouri's
documented heritage. Over the years,
archivists, curators, historians, records
librarians, and genealogists have served on
Source: Missouri Secretary of
on our website:
in memory of our members who have passed on.
Click here for
Memorial Tribute Page. updated
Aids updated November 2013
2013 Ornaments and
Puzzles are NOW AVAILABLE:
The 2013 editions feature the North
Ward School, located just north of downtown
The ornament is $5.00. Shop Now!
48-piece puzzle is $8.00. Shop Now!
BOOKS FOR SALE:
County Strays Book 1835-1848, $25.00 Shop Now!
Grove Cemetery, Polk County, Missouri, $15.00 Shop Now!
you see this icon, click on it to leave our
site and go to the online map.
Visit PCGS to pick up your free commemorative
map of Bolivar!
stories on Polk County's history, please click
If Bolivar schools are closed because of
weather, the library will also be closed.
If Polk County is under a Winter Weather
Warning, the facility will be closed.
There will be no night meeting, either, if
school is closed on a Thursday.
If bad weather develops on a Thursday
afternoon before the regular monthly meeting,
members can call 417-777-2820 to find out the
status of the meeting. Winter Weather
and Tornado Warnings will mean automatic
cancellation of meetings.
Click here for
school closings list at ky3.com
Monday, September 1, for Labor Day
Thursday, November 27 through Friday, November
28, for Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, December 23 through
Thursday, January 1, 2015, for Christmas Break
PCGS will re-open at 10 a.m. on Friday,
January 2, 2015.
NEW -- Ozark Empire Fair Scrapbooks and
Collection Finding Aid.
Our archivist, Leta Gass, spent many
weeks cataloguing and sorting scrapbooks
pictures and other media from the 75 years of
the Ozark Empire Fair. Check out
the finding aid by clicking here.
OF LIBRARY HOLDINGS AND OTHER RESOURCES
UPDATED September 2010
Library holdings, archival holdings,
obituary files, microfilm, archival finding
index to Polk County History Book
To see the listings, click here
is an activity in which the participants use a
Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or
other navigational techniques to hide
and seek containers (called "geocaches" or
"caches") anywhere in the world.
PCGS is now part of the geocaching community.
For more information,
please see this website Grandma's Little Stash