Community finds way to modify July 4 celebrations

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Christina Jenry and her daughter, Raelea Eaton, get items from the Summer Santa Closet on June 20 at Bunceton City Hall. Shampoo, conditioner, clothing and shoes were available from the free distribution organized by Dawn Kuster.

Bunceton will hold new events this year to celebrate Independence Day.

Residents can submit a video for Bunceton’s Funniest Videos by posting a picture or video to the event page on Facebook. Submissions do not necessarily have to be funny, but they should be entertaining. All entries are due by noon July 2. Winners will be announced July 3 and entries are limited to two per person.

There are three prize groups: 10 and under, 11-18 years old and 19 years old and up. Those with questions should contact Ashely Benny, Justin Hein or Aletha Hein. The submission window opened Monday.

Residents also can count flags around town starting July 29. The Bunceton Community Betterment Association will hide flags around Bunceton and residents will have to guess how many flags were put out. To help residents out, one will be located at Bunceton City Hall. Residents will have to locate the remaining identical flags and send a message to the Betterment Association through its Facebook group by noon July 2 to be entered for the $25 prize.

Autism ride rescheduled

The 11th Annual Autism Ride was rescheduled to Saturday. Registration starts 9 a.m. with the first riders departing from the Knights of Columbus Hall in Boonville at 10 a.m., rain or shine. The last of the riders will go out by noon. All riders should be in by 5 pm. The cost is $10 per hand. There will be a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. T-shirts also are available. Any vehicle is welcome to join the ride with all proceeds going to the Thompson Center in Columbia.

Minature Santa’s Closet organized

Dawn Kuster created a mini Santa's Closet on June 20. Clothing, shoes, and a variety of shampoos and conditioners were available to take at no cost. It was well received and appreciated.

Missouri digital history; Pop-up garage sale

The Cooper County Historical Society is asking residents to help with a digital history project known as "Show Me Missouri,“ which is a statewide collaborative initiative that will document and commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial.

The project is spearheaded by the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Center for Midwestern Studies and history department along with the Springfield-Greene County Library District and the Kansas City Public Library. The Society recently was awarded a major Technology Ladder Grant from the Missouri State Library to fund the development of the website.

Residents can submit photos and information about historically significant objects to Missouri’s history. To receive a submission form, email It is OK to submit an item without a photo due to COVID-19 concerns if the object is located elsewhere. Any questions also can be directed to Submissions are due by Aug. 1.

Items should have a historically and culturally significant impact on Missouri history. This digital exhibit will examine the story of the state through a more complex, inclusive, and critical interpretation. The project will celebrate the aspects of Missouri history that are unique and noteworthy while also not shying away from difficult topics such as slavery and racial and ethnic discrimination.

The Society is hoping Cooper County residents will be interested in collaborating with project leaders to help identify appropriate objects either from one’s personal collections or from the community.

Each object will have an interpretative essay that will contextualize it in relation to the larger history of the state. The hope is to tell Missouri’s history chronologically and comprehensively. Project leaders want to make sure to represent the geographic diversity in the state.

Show Me Missouri is a free, publicly accessible digital humanities project that can be used by a diverse audience of scholars, teachers, K-12 and collegiate students, and everyday Missourians. Organizers are looking for materials that potentially could be incorporated into the digital exhibit. Items of interest include artifacts, documents, photographs, oral histories, and more pertaining to Missouri’s diverse history.

Materials selected for digitization will represent established core project themes in Missouri’s history, which are available through Center for Midwestern Studies website.

The Show Me Missouri website and its objects also will serve as the foundation for the development of a traveling exhibit and a coffee table book that will continue the dialogue and response to the Bicentennial beyond 2021.

The Cooper County Historical Society also will hold a Pop-up Garage Sale on July 1 at the society’s courtyard at 111 Roe St. in Pilot Grove to raise funds for the society and its research center. The sale will start 7 a.m. and will go until 4 p.m.

Those wishing to donate an item for the sale should do so 1-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Accepted items include linens, home decor, pictures, florals and some patriotic and rodeo items. Those with questions should call 660-834-3582 or email One can also call Pam Shipman at 314-578-0557.