The Ralph Foster Museum on the campus of the College of the Ozarks, at Point Lookout, in western Taney County, MO, is a cultural heritage site each of us should visit regularly. The website of the museum gives us useful information for our visits: http://www.rfostermuseum.com/
The museum is normally open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are closed on Saturday, the week of Thanksgiving, and from mid-December through January. It is always good to check ahead, just in case.
Along with the multiple exhibits on display, be sure to check the Artifact of the Month. It always has an interesting story associated with it.
Ralph Foster was one of the true pioneers of radio. He started his first station in 1924. Later, in Springfield, he requested and received permission to use the call letters: K-W-T-O, which he interpreted as “Keep Watching The Ozarks.” He was also a hunter and fisherman as well as a strong conservationist, among his many positive qualities. You will learn much more on your visit.
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Ralph Foster Museum display at Chrystal Bridges
On my visit to Chrystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Arkansas, I was pleased to see a display representing the exhibits of the Ralph Foster Museum at the College of the Ozarks and encouraging visitors to put the Ralph Foster Museum on their future travel planning agendas. It was a fine display.
Bob & Lois Brownell Research Center and Library
The Bob and Lois Brownell Library and Research Center is a fine addition to the Ralph Foster Museum. The Library and Research Center are used to research the many artifacts in the museum along with many ancillary services. In the photo, you can also see the Star School location where educational programs are also held.
Star School on College of the Ozarks campus
The Ralph Foster Museum offers a variety of educational programs for younger museum visitors. A special site used toward this effort is the nearby Star School. It is a turn-of-the-century one-room school, much like the one I attended as a young man. My wife attended such a school, also called the Star School, in west central Iowa, a few miles from mine.
Be sure not to miss visiting the Star School when you are on campus.