Our Library - History Detectives - Bolivar, MO
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N 37° 36.805 W 093° 24.631
15S E 463768 N 4163002
Quick Description: Episode aired, SEPTEMBER 13, 2004 AT 8 P.M., episode filmed:
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 12/5/2014 9:58:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMN12H
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Long Description:

County of location: Polk County
Location of site:
Episode aired: SEPTEMBER 13, 2004 AT 8 P.M.

Here is what Ozarks Public Television Programming Guide said about the episode:
Episode 10 - Pretty Boy Floyd Handgun, Paul Cuffee Muster Roll. Pop Lloyd Baseball Field
Monday, September 13, 8:00 p.m.
"Pretty Boy Floyd Handgun—A man in La Verne, California, owns a vintage Colt automatic handgun, which family legend suggests once belonged to the Depression-era desperado, Charles 'Pretty Boy' Floyd. According to the legend, Floyd gave the gun to the contributor's uncle who had served as the lookout for 'Pretty Boy.' To find out if the story behind the gun is true, History Detective Wes Cowan travels to California, Oklahoma and Missouri. In the process, he discovers why gangsters became heroes to the rural population of the Midwest and reveals the true story behind the dramatic rise and fall of a man who ranks alongside Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger as one of the most colorful bank robbers in American history. "

Find out more about the episode at http://www.pbs.org

To read a transcript of the episode click here

The Library:

PCGS SITE SHOWS CONSTRUCTION AS 1914. NRHP, Department of the Interior shows it built 1900.
Known as: first : Carnegie Library of Bolivar; Second: Southwest Regional Library; third: Our Library.
Some History of the place:
Current hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment.
Closed on:Thanksgiving Break, Wednesday through Sunday, November 26-30 Christmas Break, Wednesday, December 24, 2008-Thursday, January 1, 2009
If Bolivar schools are closed because of weather, the library will also be closed.

The Polk County Genealogical Society Library turned into a television studio for a few hours Wednesday morning, June 2, 2004. The first floor of the building was the back drop for a segment for the public television series "History Detectives."

In November 2001, PCGS started the application process to get the PCGS Library building, formerly the public library, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lou Kemp was the coordinator of the process.
The building was built by a grant from Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Corporation in 1914/15. T. H. B. Dunnegan donated the land where the building is located.

By Linda Fuerst
After a year and a half of research, the latest project of the Polk County Genealogical Society has reached a successful conclusion. The former Polk County Library building on the Bolivar square, now the home of the genealogical society, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is the first building in Polk County to be designated as an official historic site.

The members of the society started the application process for the historic designation in November 2001. Lou Kemp acted as coordinator for the project, gathering the necessary documentation about the role of the library in community life./p>

"It had always been a dream of mine to get this building named as a historic building," Kemp said. "The other members of the society were a lot of help; every time they were looking in old newspapers for someone's obituary, if they saw something about the library, they copied it, too. We gathered a lot of information."

The building was built in 1915, funded by an $8,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Corp. The Bolivar Library Board was headed at that time by T.H.B. Dunnegan, who also donated the land where the building is located. The architect who designed the building, James Heckenlively of Springfield, was also involved in the design of the Shrine Mosque, St. John's Hospital and other Springfield landmarks.

"This kind of research wasn't that difficult for us," said Susan Sparks, president of the genealogical society. "We have experience in finding the history of people; it wasn't that different to find the history of this building."

An application for a historic site has to go through the state Office of Historic Preservation, which approved the Bolivar application in April. The state office forwarded the request to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., which officially added the library to the National Register of Historic Places on July 17.

"There are two ways to be designated as a historic site; either through architectural significance or through social significance to the community," Sparks said. "We went for the social significance of this building in the life of Bolivar and Polk County."

The building is much less elaborate than many other Carnegie libraries in other parts of the country, but Sparks said she doesn't mind.

"They only had $8,000 to build with, so they spent their money on structural stability, not on decoration," she said. "They put big steel beams in the floor and in the ceiling, and that's one reason the building is in such good shape. I'm thankful for that."

Sparks and Kemp both said they hope other owners of downtown buildings will get involved in historic preservation.

"We just felt this building was important to the landscape of the square and the life of the community," Kemp said. "That's why we wanted to save it."

Movie or TV Show: History Detectives

Year Released or First Aired: 2,004.00

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