The Harlin To Host An Invitational Art Show To Celebrate Solar Eclipse Totality in West Plains…

2024 Eclipse Invitational Art Show: An Artistic View Of The Light And The Dark, March 29th – April 28th

Join us as we celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event!  As people from all over the country flock to our tiny Midwestern town to experience the awe of the April 2024 solar eclipse in totality, our gallery honors the rare event by inviting a select group of our most talented regional artists to share with us their artistic perspective on The Light And The Dark.

Enjoy the artists’ interpretive multimedia examples of this most fundamental building block of art; paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures…..a diverse and in-depth display featuring pieces by:

Kelli Albin, West Plains, MO

Bob Anderson, West Plains, MO

Marc Brannan, West Plains, MO

Angela Bullard, West Plains, MO

Jim Davis, West Plains, MO

Ann Kulpa, Cabool, MO

Donna K. Lay, West Plains, MO

Michael McClure, Willow Springs, MO

Cindy Temple, West Plains, MO

Mark Quentin Wallace, West Plains, MO

This show will be on display in the Hathcock Gallery of Harlin Museum; there is no admission fee to see this show. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday, 12 pm – 4 pm each day.




Congratulations To The Winners Of Our 2024 Textile & Fiber Arts Show!

We are happy to announce that winners have been chosen for this year’s annual textile and fiber arts show!

The ribbon for Best Of Show has been awarded to Gena Stout of West Plains, MO for her woven entry, “Suitable Memories Rug.” The artist had this to say about the piece:

This woven rug is meant to be an heirloom piece. I was able to save some of my Grandpa, Grandma, Dad, Mom, and step-Mom;s suits from years past. I then had to cut them apart and strip them into one-inch strips before weaving. My grandpa’s suits were the black wool, gray puinstripe, and blue pinstripe. I even found a gold child’s locket in one of the suit jacket pockets!…would love to know the story behind that. My grandma’s items were a navy crepe dress, a black wool skirt, a heather gray wool skirt, and a royal blue wool skirt. I fondly remember her wearing some of these things. My dad’s items were from the 1970s: a tan polyester suit, a brown polyester suit,a black suit, and dark gray corduroy pants. I remember his super wide neckties. My mom’s items were a brown wool plaid skirt, a brown wool skirt, a black herringbone wool suit, and a blue herringbone suit that had a twenty-two-inch waist. She was very petite. My step-mom’s item was a navy poplin suit. I made a total of eight rugs from these items during COVID—one for each of my siblings, their children, and my parents.


In the textile arts category, First Place was awarded to Connie Workman of West Plains, MO for her entry, “Hydrangea Quilt”, a handsome and colorful smaller-size quilt featuring the purple flower from the quilt’s title with patterned green leaves and purple-toned border.

Second Place went to another quilt entry from Connie Workman, this one titled, “Purr-sistence, A Grids Girl Mystery” and featuring a brown color scheme of patterned quilt stars.

And, Third Place went to a pre-made baby quilt with a stamped pattern under framed glass, “Embroidery Quilt” finished by Darlene Stanley of West Plains, MO.


In the fiber arts category, First Place was awarded to Mary Norseworthy of Peace Valley, MO for her entry “Standing Deer,” a magnificent crochet-cross stitch blanket with the image of a well-antlered buck.

Second Place went to the stunning marigold-colored entry “Handspun Alpaca & Merino Wool Shawl” by Sarah Redmond of Summersville, MO.

And, finally, in Third Place in the fiber arts category, Mary Norseworthy took home another ribbon for her tapestry crochet entry, “Faces Bag” with its minimalist-style cream and rust-colored overlapping faces.



Included with the competition entries, there was also a signature quilt made by the employees of the International Shoe Company in West Plains, MO; another signature quilt by the Order of the Eastern Star (which was purchased at an estate auction, so, it’s origin is a bit of a mystery!!! Anyone with info on it is encouraged to contact the museum); a beautifully-colored hexagon quilt; and a blue & white quilt that is being raffled off by the museum as a fundraiser—contact any board member or stop in at the museum to purchase your raffle tickets! The drawing for the quilt will be during the Ozarks Symposium event in September 2024.

Congratulations to all the entrants and kudos to the winners–there were SO many examples of great textile and fiber artistry in this year’s show!

Help Us Identify The Names On This International Shoe Co. Signature Quilt From West Plains, MO!

We need your help!!

Our museum was lucky enough to receive a most interesting artifact donation in 2019……..

We received a signature quilt made for an employee of West Plains’ International Shoe Company on the occasion of her retirement in 1985.  It is currently on display as a part of our annual Fiber & Textile Arts Show, and…..we need assistance identifying some of the names on the quilt.

As typical with Signature Quilts, the involved parties signed their names on blocks of this quilt—mostly in script/cursive lettering—and after the names were stitched over to complete the blocks, some of the names became hard to read. So, we are asking those of you in the community who might recognize the name of a relative or someone they know who was formerly employed with ISC at the West Plains factory to take a look and see if they can make out some of these signatures—-and please, share this post with those you know!

Here are the names we are looking to clarify:

Almeda ____________ ?  (Possibly Farrell OR Forrell OR Farnell OR Fomell)


__________________ Harris


Reta ___________  (Possibly Cross OR Crass OR ?)


Helen _____________?  (Possibly Comer OR Gomer)


Donna _______________? (Possibly Fore OR Tore OR Fare)


______________ Lee Jolliff (Possibly Noma OR Nana OR?)


This one has proved ESPECIALLY difficult. We need help with both the first and the last name!

Clara? S_________ ?

We appreciate all suggestions so, please, share with anyone who might have knowledge of employees that worked at the International Shoe Co. in West Plains, MO., around 1985.  You can contact us via our FB Page or email us at . Thank you in advance!



A Knot Of Blue & Gray: Conflict And Loyalty During The Civil War In Ozark County, Missouri


Embark on a journey with a story that goes back in time to transport you to the heart of the Missouri Ozarks during the Civil War. Hear of the storyteller’s Hawkins ancestors, whose lives were forever changed in a tale of conflict and loyalty.

Every man in this tale, including Washington Hawkins and his cousins, B. F. and Calvin Hawkins, and William Monks grew up together near the North Fork of the White River in Ozark County, MO,  forging bonds that would be tested in the chaos and tragedy of war.

At the outbreak of the war, all the men had to make decisions that would impact their lives for generations to come. William Monks, now a Union Captain, becomes the master of the Hawkin’s family’s fate when his boyhood friendship with the nephews turns to hatred. While Monks and Washington (Wash) enlist and wear the Union blue, his cousins join a group of Confederate guerillas who terrorize Ozark and Howell Counties. Monks’ obsession with B. F. and Calvin Hawkins intensifies when he is given the assignment to eradicate all Confederate “traitors” in the area. Lines between loyalty, kinship, and duty blur when Wash encounters his cousins deep in the woods and hills of Ozark County.

This story of survival and sacrifice unfolds against the backdrop of a nation divided. It is a life-and-death tale of friendships forged and broken, family bonds sorely tested, and definitive actions with harsh consequences that would impact a family forever.

Join us at 2 pm on Saturday, January 27th, at Harlin Museum (405 Worcester, West Plains, MO 65775) to hear Danette House spin the tale of her family’s history–a legacy forged during our country’s greatest divide, deep in the hills of this Ozarks wilderness.

Open Entry Call For Annual Textile And Fiber Show Begins The Season At The Harlin

As we enter the New Year, we’re already preparing for another great season of art shows, history lectures, and educational workshops.

To kick things off in 2024, we are announcing an open call to all artists for submissions to our Annual Textile & Fiber Arts Competition Show!

Entry Dates will be Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13th, 12 pm – 4 pm each day.

Examples of different types of Fiber Art and Textile Art:

Quilting (No size limit)

Crochet / Knitting (afghans, garments, toys, etc.)

Stitching, Embroidery, Needlepoint, Petit Pointe

Weaving (rugs, textiles, tapestry, etc.)



Lacemaking, Tatting

Sewing, Applique (including handmade garments, beaded items, etc.)

And there are many, many more kinds of textile and fiber arts…… so, don’t be afraid to enter just because it’s not listed in the above examples!

This is an open-theme non-juried art show with both youth and adult divisions. Entries must in some way consist of either fibers or textiles and must meet the given guidelines for acceptance into the competition. Guidelines for this competition can be found HERE.

Entries are guaranteed a place in the show’s exhibit. Each entry will be judged using a point-based evaluation system that evaluates three areas of skill (Construction 50 pts., General Appearance – 25 pts., Artistic Design – 25 pts.) for a total score. Prizes will be awarded to the entries receiving the highest scores in succession in each category, including Best Of Show. The People’s Choice award will be chosen by public vote. 

Guidelines: Limit five entries per artist. 2D and 3D entries; all styles, subject matter, and mediums allowed. All pieces must be original works of the artist entering. All work must not have been previously shown in a Harlin Museum Art Competition.  Any entry requiring special equipment for display must be accompanied by necessary display equipment.

To submit something to this show, please bring your entry to the museum on one of our two planned entry dates (Friday, January 12th, or Saturday, January 13th, 12 pm – 4 pm both days), where you will complete an entry form and pay your entry fees. You can complete your entry form ahead of time by filling it out online HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at .

Entry forms can be picked up at the museum or completed online by clicking HERE.