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Historic Missouri Roadsides by Bill Hart

September 15, 2015

In his recent title Historic Missouri Roadsides, author Bill Hart takes readers on a journey of Missouri’s two-lane roads and highways. This wonderfully illustrated book is for both the figurative and literal traveler. In addition to beautiful photography, Hart offers facts about each destination, directions, and information about where to eat, stay, visit, and what […]

Historical Photograph: Early Joplin

April 18, 2015

Although it’s undetermined where, exactly, this photograph was taken, it’s intriguing nonetheless. Cheers to (very) early Joplin, both East & West!

The Quirky Worker

March 23, 2015

This month’s exhibit in the Post Art Library features quilled art and watercolors by one Laura Horn. When I approached Laura about an interview, I asked her if she had a title or name for her exhibit: “Howard,” she said. …This self-proclaimed quirky worker was kind enough to share her time with me by answering […]

Interview: Clayton Shilling on his “Tour of India”

February 18, 2015

This month’s exhibit in the Post Art Library features Clayton Shilling’s photographic “Tour of India.” From the Golden Triangle to Auroville, Clayton spent six weeks traveling the country. I had the fortune of asking Clayton the following questions about his tour. (Jill’s comments/questions are in bold, whereas Clayton’s are not.) How long have you been […]

Post Mail Art Projekt Workshop

October 24, 2014

Greetings! You’re invited to participate in the Post Mail Art Projekt’s Mail Art Workshop, which shall take place on Saturday, November 15th at 2:00pm in the Post Memorial Art Reference Library, located at 300 S Main Street, Joplin, Missouri. This workshop is FREE and open to adults 18 and older. Space is limited, so registration […]

Happy National Arts & Humanities Month!

October 7, 2014

October greets us with National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)–a coast-to-coast collective celebration of American arts and culture. Established in 1993, NAHM has four goals, to: create a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media; encourage the active participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities and other interested […]

The Case of the Copper Cornice

The Case of the Copper Cornice

August 19, 2014

Jopliners are no doubt familiar with the history of the Connor Hotel. Perhaps a presently lesser-known history is that of how the hotel’s national historical distinction was supposedly removed. According to accounts archived, a Memorandum of Agreement was drawn to essentially replace the Connor Hotel’s listing in the National Register with that of the Joplin […]

The Robertson Apartments

August 5, 2014

     In her glory days, the Robertson Apartments were state-of-the-art dwellings, where Joplin’s more prestigious residents had access to such amenities as a direct telephone system, a safe (which remains intact in the lobby), gas stoves and the day’s finest boiler heating system. Individual apartments keep the original layout, including built-ins, such as Murphy […]

Cher’s Fairyland

June 23, 2014

Once upon a time…. Cher Jiang is an artist from China, where she grew up in the countryside. As such, she didn’t have many friends. “Art was something I could play with. So I made art,” said Cher. Indeed Cher and art have become very good friends over the years. In China, she is known […]