Cpt. Harry S Truman (Kavan Stull) displays the aluminum-frame glasses he received prior to going overseas during World War I.

Bess cried on Cpt. Harry Truman’s shoulder

“I’ll never forget how Bess cried on my shoulder,” is one of the memories shared by Kavan Stull Tuesday during his impersonation of Cpt. Harry S Truman.

Stull’s presentation, based on the future president’s letters during his time of service in World War I to his fiance, Bess, was part of the Webb City Historical Society’s first in-person event since the pandemic began.

It was in 1917, as Truman was boarding the train to Camp Doniphan, Okla., when Bess was crying on his shoulder. She had wanted to get married before he departed, but he wanted to be fair to her in case he returned from war disabled.

Truman rose to the rank of captain in the National Guard and eventually served in France.


Library director Jake Johnson guides a tour of the library. This is the original portion.

The event also included a tour of the Webb City Public Library led by library director Jake Johnson .

The historical society’s next event will be a tour of the Freedom of Flight Museum beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, society members will be shown the extensive renovation of the buildings on Main Street that have been combined to make Just A Taste.

The tour included the genealogical section on the third floor (above) and the circulation desk (right), which is one area where new flooring has recently been installed.

Registration is open for JLT children’s workshops during two weeks in July 

Joplin Little Theatre announces that registration is now open for its Summer Children’s Theatre Workshop. 

Tegan Whited will direct the workshops, which will be held the second and third weeks of July.

Ants Working Together

July 11 – 15

A group of hard-working ants lose their tools while working on a new storage shed. They reach out to their other bug friends for help. The spiders, wasps, butterflies, and ladybugs all join in to try and help them. Some bugs are more helpful than others. Will the ants find their tools in time?


Monsters Under the Bed

July 18 – 22

What happens when you lose your favorite ball under your bed?  A group of young kids are about to find out.  They decide to brave the darkness under the bed to get their ball back.  What lives under there? Is it friend or foe? 

There will be two sessions (of the same content) per day each week from which to choose: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

The cost is $70 per child per session. The workshop is for ages 5 – 14.

Register online or by calling the JLT office at (417) 623-3638. Office hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, visit the website at www.joplinlittletheatre.org.

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