A Brief History
The Center was created as a result of a request from the Ozark National Scenic Rivereways for more extensive information on the riverways as visitors approach the park from the north. The Salem Area Community Betterment Association had a good building in a prime location that had been given to them for public use. After several meetings with state & federal facility managers, it was determined that other agencies had a common need. In May of 2005 the Center opened for public information and with a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute called “Key Ingredients”. It was a huge success presenting the history of food from the farm to the table.
The ONCRC Today
Currently, the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center offers hands-on workshops and free exhibits that celebrate the heritage and culture of the Ozark region. Our staff consists largely of volunteers who generously contribute their time and expertise to provide a rich and rewarding experience for all of our visitors. Admission to the exhibits is free to the public. As a non-profit organization, the ONCRC gratefully accepts tax-deductible contributions to support the ongoing mission of the center.
The ONCRC has a bright future, with plans to be a central location for in depth information on the culture and natural resources available in the Ozarks. Our desire is to be able to offer web access to historical information for visitors to the center and to offer a greater variety of quality exhibits, both locally produced and traveling exhibits. We plan to offer an even more extensive selection of classes & seminars of interest to visitors and local residents.