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Ozarks Studies Symposium

Fostering the preservation and understanding of regional culture.


Each year Missouri State University-West Plains Ozarks Studies Committee sponsors a two-day event to foster the preservation and understanding of our regional culture. Presenters come from many states to share their knowledge and talents.

West Plains Council on the Arts sponsors an opening reception for attendees and the general public the evening before the Symposium.

Entrance to the symposium is free and pre-registration is not required. Those who attend will be invited to register on site when they arrive. The Ozarks Studies Committee is sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For purposes of this symposium, the Ozarks is defined broadly to encompass much of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas and adjacent portions of Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois.

Symposium 2022 Information is available here.

Link to this year’s event: Ozarks Symposium – Missouri State

Information on previous sessions is available at these links:

Symposium 2021 Information is available here.

Symposium 2019 information is available here.

Here is the program book for Symposium 2018

Symposium 2017

Symposium 2016

Symposium 2015

Symposium 2014