Local Author Explores Branson's Past

Top Quote The Paradise of the Ozarks Gets a History Lesson Through Vintage Pictures. End Quote
  • Springfield, MO (1888PressRelease) September 06, 2014 - Arcadia Publishing's Images of America: Branson from was written by Anita Roberts with the assistance of the Branson Centennial Museum and the White River Valley Historical Society. The book boasts more than 200 vintage and modern images chronicling the growth and change of this southwestern Missouri City.

    Branson, located in the Ozark Mountains, was incorporated in 1912.The early days of the city survived on mills, lumber and materials to help set up the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Farming also played a vital role in helping locals establish homesteads and highlighted the self-sufficient spirit that thrived throughout the Ozarks.

    In 1907, author Harold Bell Wright captivated people around the world with his tale of the Ozarks. Wright's best-selling novel, "The Shepherd of the Hills" encouraged tourists to come to the Branson area. Hollywood continued to promote Branson and the Ozarks by producing four film adaptations of Wright's book, including a 1941 version starring John Wayne.

    Branson has grown to be the "Live Music Capital Show of the World" and has also been called the "Nashville west of the Mississippi River"

    Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

    Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places. Discover more than 9,000 small towns and downtowns at http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.

    Anita L. Roberts has been a resident of the Ozarks region for nearly 25 years. Her love of the Ozark Mountains, its people, and their history drew her to the area.

    Roberts always dreamed of being a published author, so in 2004 she returned to Missouri State University in Springfield, MO., where she earned a history degree with a minor in video production and anthropology. While attending MSU Roberts worked as an archival processor in the Missouri State University Archives and Special Collections Department, then she became an associate historian at the Springfield/Greene County Library Center. She has produced several local documentaries, including one on Springfield's historic Gillioz Theatre.

    Roberts is a volunteer at the Historic Gillioz Theatre and a member of the White
    River Valley Historical Society.

    Arcadia Publishing Company published her first book, Springfield: 1830-1930 in 2011 and her second book, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield: Civil War Collection the next year.

    Roberts and her family spend a portion of each year in the Branson area. She is proud to present the culmination of over a year and a half of research.

    What lasting impact do you hope your book will leave?

    I hope my book on Branson will give visitors to the area some small insight into the history of the Ozark people and how their strength, perseverance, and determination developed into the town of Branson,

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