Museum board members Jack George, at left, and Molly Dyke, at right, hold up two of the scrapbooks, the one at right showing the local ballot tally in one of Truman's senate races.
New at the Harold Bell Wright Museum in Pierce City are nine scrapbooks compiled by Leo Ruscha, the longtime Pierce City postmaster.
Ruscha was very active in politics and kept scrapbooks in great detail about political activities in the area, including a dozen letters he received from Harry Truman.
The scrapbooks were donated by Rod Anderson, of Monett, who provided copies of the letters from Truman and other major political figures for the museum.
Museum, board member Sandy Lakin shows a quilt on loan from Betty Jarvis, who worked at the B-Inn in downtown Pierce City in 1971, when her husband was serving in the Armed Forces in Vietnam. Customers signed the quilt, and Jarvis later stitched their named into the fabric. Lakin is pointing to the signature of longtime Pierce City resident Clara Mae Landoll.
[Times Photos by Murray Bishoff]
The scrapbooks are available for viewing during museum hours, 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays.
The museum is located at 404 N. Walnut Street.