Sunday Jam and Jammers

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Photos

JCHS welcomes contributions of photographs related to Johnson County history or history in the making–people, places, events. The name of the donor and information about the photographs will become part of the archives.

Click link below for sample photos of Sunday Jammers (also known as Schoolhouse Jammers):
Sunday Jam and Jammers

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Merchandise List (Page 2)

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Price list 2 2014

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Merchandise List (Page 1)

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Pricelist 1 2014

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JCHS Heritage Store

Below are images of some of the titles available. For more items and for costs, click on Merchandise Page 1 and Merchandise Page 2

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JCHS Press

JCHSP was established in 2011 for the purpose of publishing works of merit contributing to the history of Johnson County and of the State of Missouri. The first title from the press is Old-Time Fiddling: Hal Sappington, Missouri Fiddler by Rose Marie (R.M.) Kinder and Kristine Lowe-Martin, published in 2012.  It’s an  affectionate look at a fine fiddler and his musical community, a lovely book about music in and around Johnson County. Check it out!

(For reviews and a description of contents, scroll down.)

Old Time Fiddling: Hal Sappington, Missouri Fiddler, by R. M. Kinder and Kristine Lowe-Martin

Old Time Fiddling: Hal Sappington, Missouri Fiddler, by R. M. Kinder and Kristine Lowe-Martin

Includes history, anecdotes, interview, photos, and an 81 minute DVD with 56 fiddle tunes performed by Hal Sappington and accompanist Herb Best (closely and unobtrusively videotaped), sources, and keys. 122 pages.  $25.00 ($30.00 mailed)

From reviews:

“A welcome addition to the impressive shelf of books and recordings that document Missouri’s rich and complex traditions of old-time fiddle music. . . It shapes the story and music of Hal Sappingon based on interviews and in the context of commentary by those who wish to help his music and story enrich the lives of others.” Howard Wight Marshall, Old Time Herald.

Another review (also by Howard Wight Marshall) is available in Missouri Historical Society Newsletter Vol. 36.3-4, Fall 2012 (online).

“In an interview format, Missouri fiddler Hal Sappington describes his playing style and explains the influences that have shaped his music. The authors place Sappington’s story within the broader tradition of Missouri fiddling.” Missouri Historical Review, Vol. 107.3, April 2013.

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Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library

Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library

Built in 1982 to house and protect the collections begun by Mary Miller Smiser and a strong corps of volunteers* on a shoestring budget, the library now has modern facilities (including web access) for genealogical research and study of the county’s rich history and people. The archives of county government are also accessible here.
* Volunteers are very welcome. Please contact the curator, Lisa Irle, at 660-747-6480 (1-4pm) or at curator@jocomohistory.org.

Collections — Included in our research library are newspapers, county records, family files, maps, school yearbooks, tax records, probate files and many other resources for researchers who are discovering their family history or the history of the region. This is not a lending library, but it is often possible to make photocopies (or digital photos) of the original source.

Databases – among the information compiled by the volunteers of the JCHS are: Warrensburg Residence Database; Warrensburg Business Database; Index of Plat maps from 1877 and 1898; Obituaries

Research Procedures – Members (details for joining below) have free and unlimited use of our facilities for research with the assistance of our trained volunteers.

◦Non members visiting during our open hours pay a usage fee of $5 per afternoon.

◦Copies are $1.00 . Color photos are higher.

◦If unable to visit our library, research requests are welcome. Each information item searched is $10, which must be paid before our volunteers begin the search. To contact our volunteers email to: wefindit@embarqmail.com or use regular mail if you prefer.

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