Boonslick Historical Society Fall Meeting, Nov. 3

Well-known human geographer and Missouri storyteller Larry Brown will be the featured presenter at the Boonslick Historical Society (BHS) fall meeting, Nov. 3, at the historic Hotel Frederick in Booneville.

The BHS fall meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. and then the program. Dinner reservations (due by October 24) are required. Reservation requests (with payment) go to: Boonslick Historical Society, P.O. Box 426, Boonville, MO 65233. Cost is $27 per person. Seating is limited to 65 persons.

For more information, contact Jim Steele at 660-537-0484 or by email at jsteele@woodcreekmedia.com.

The title of Brown’s presentation is “Campbell’s Connections: Consequences of Alexander Campbell’s 1852 visit to Boonslick Country.” Alexander Campbell (1788 –1866) was a Scots-Irish immigrant who became an ordained minister in the United States and joined his father, Thomas Campbell, as a leader of a reform effort that is historically known as the Restoration Movement, and by some as the “Stone-Campbell Movement.”

“Although Campbell’s trip was across Missouri, I will take a look at the churches, communities, and persons directly related to his speeches, sermons, fundraising, and contacts in the Boonslick region,” Brown notes. “He was one of the most popular theological speakers of that time, and drew large crowds in several Missouri towns. I will put the trip in context and discuss some of the results of his visit.”

Brown is a retired assistant professor of human geography at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from is the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; a master of divinity degree from Christian Theology Seminary, Indianapolis; a master’s degree in geography from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and a doctorate from the College of Education, University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition to teaching at MU, he taught at Stephens College and the Missouri School of Religion. He served as pastor of several congregations in Nebraska, Indiana and Missouri for 30 years before becoming a full-time professor.

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