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The Moniteau County Historical Society opened its March meeting Monday with a historical program from a guest presenter.

The group heard from historian Jeremy Amick, who delivered a presentation about Camp Crowder, a military installation built in Neosho during World War II. The group learned about the base's history, from its construction to what still stands today. They also learned of some of residents of the base, lending some human experience to the historical context of the presentation. In its heyday, Camp Crowder nearly rivaled Fort Leonard Wood in size and scope.

Following the presentation, the historical society took a brief pause for refreshments before commencing its regular monthly meeting. The group approved the appointment of Shirley Elliott to serve as treasurer again in 2020.

The group also discussed preparation for its chili dinner fundraiser, which takes place from 4:30-7 p.m. March 14 at the group's regular meeting place across from the post office.

The group also prepares for its museum spaces to open up in the next month. The Moniteau County Historical Society Museum will be open on the first and third Sundays of each month from 1-3 p.m. beginning April 5, and the Genealogy Library will open for the year April 2.

The group recognized Mary Halidman for having her quilt block selected to appear on the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt on behalf of Moniteau County. The quilt will be unveiled later this month at the Missouri Governor's Mansion before spending the Bicentennial making appearances around the state.

The group also discussed keeping a proclamation honoring Moniteau County's 175th anniversary, which was celebrated Feb. 14, in the museum. The county received proclamations from the Missouri House and Senate, the US Congress and Gov. Mike Parson in time for a celebratory recognition ceremony last month on the day of the milestone. The Historical Society hopes to potentially hold on to a declaration from Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe that wasn't available in time for the anniversary recognition last month. The four proclamations that the county had already received are set to go on display together at the Moniteau County Courthouse.

The Moniteau County Historical Society's next regular meeting will take place at 7 p.m. April 13.

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