Ozark Life Skills
People in the Missouri Ozarks developed certain life skills as a way of survival which still blends in modern practices. Some still practiced in the original manner are blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, quilting, traditional soap making, pottery making, beekeeping, cooking sorghum molasses, and home canning. String instruments of all types continue to be enjoyed and shared by many.
For a list and description of upcoming workshops, check our Events Schedule.
Ozark Hand Crafts
Hand crafting is still used by some to supplement income. Basket weaving is very prominent in the area. With the abundant source of fine hardwoods, woodworking is popular. Wooden spoons, handmade wooden pens, musical spoons, bows and arrows are still made locally. Other hand crafts include, sewing, beading, crocheting, knitting and weaving fibres.
Many hand crafted and one-of-a-kind Ozark Gifts, as well as educational and entertaining books, audio CDs, and video DVDs are available for sale at the ONCRC.
Ozark Historical Exhibits
The Center has featured numerous exhibits depicting history in the Ozarks. “Age of Iron” featured local iron mining, smelting, and the importance of the relationship between transportation, logging and mining. “Key Ingredients”, a Smithsonian traveling exhibit was used to create a meaningful lesson on our food chain. Other exhibits held recently include “Life in the Ozarks”, history depicted by photography, “Defending our Freedom”, honoring service men and women, “Quilting in the Ozarks”, “Inspirations from the Forest” & “Trail of Tears”.