Welcome to the Harlin!
The Harlin Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the Ozarks rich cultural heritage & to the patronage of our innovative modern local art scene.
We house hundreds of items of cultural & historical interest significant to the area of the United States known as the Ozarks, which is located in the topographical region known as the Ozark Plateau. The Harlin Museum itself is located in West Plains, Missouri, a town in central southern Missouri known for its small town charm & historic Courthouse Square district, as well as numerous nearby waterways & the Mark Twain National Forest.
The museum’s collection includes:
- artifacts dating to the time of the area’s first pioneer settlers, including an original covered prairie wagon
- items significant to the area’s original Native American tribes
- military artifacts from WWI & the American Civil War; art depicting local skirmishes & photographs of local militia units
- objects that survived the mysterious & tragic West Plains Dance Hall Explosion of 1928 and original newspaper coverage of the event
- displays honoring area celebrities such as Missouri Sports Hall of Fame baseball player Preacher Roe, Country Music Hall of Fame’s singer/songwriter Porter Wagoner, and Grand Ole Opry star Jan Howard
- the complete works of internationally-renowned artist Lennis L. Broadfoot
- January 2019 – Textile & Quilt Show Competition: “Telling A Story; The History of Quilting”
- February 2019 – High School Art Show Competition
- March 2019 – Digital Art Show Competition: “Another World”
- April 2019 – Annual Spring Amateur Art Show Competition
- May 2019– Harlin’s Photography Show Competition
- June 2019 – Ozarks Heritage Festival Exhibition: History of the Ozarks & the L.L. Broadfoot Collection
- July 2019 – Harlin’s Permanent Art Collection on Display
- August 2019 – Outdoor Life Show: Hunting, Fishing, & Fur Trapping as a Way of Life in the Ozarks
- September 2019 – Artistic Works of Lee Copen on Display
- October 2019 – Annual Fall Professional Art Show Competition
- November 2019 – Sculpture & 3-Dimensional Art Show Competition
- December 2019 – Model Railway Village & Ozark Railroad History Exhibition
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