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Education and Educators: Creating a Culture of Excellence in the Classroom   Transformative Pedagogies for Teacher Education: Critical Action, Agency and Dialogue in Teaching and Learning Contexts   Personalized Professional Learning : A Job-Embedded Pathway for Elevating Teacher Voice   High-Quality Early Childhood Programs : The What, Why, and How   The Multigenerational Workplace : Communicate, Collaborate, and Create Community   Future-proof Your School : Steering Culture, Driving School Improvement, Developing Excellence

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Taking the crown : the Kansas City Royals' amazing 2015 season The Pine Tar Game : the Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and baseball's most absurd and entertaining controversy Tales from the Kansas City Royals dugout : a collection of the greatest Royals stories ever told

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Spotlighting Missourians...Curtis F. Marbut & Mark and Mary Baldwin

Geology and Soils:

Curtis Fletcher Marbut (pictured left) was born on July 19, 1863 and grew up on his family’s farm in Barry County, Mo. Interested in the natural world, Marbut studied geology at the University of Missouri and after graduation, worked as a field geologist for the Missouri State Geological Survey. In 1893, Marbut attended Harvard University and completed his master’s degree in geology. Returning to the University of Missouri, Marbut performed duties as a professor and served as the director of the Soil Survey of Missouri. After the passing of his wife in 1909, he joined the U.S. Bureau of Soils and served as Chief of the Soil Survey Division from 1913 until his death in August 1935, at the age of 72. He was the first to introduce a formal system of soil classification in the U.S. His reputation as a pioneering soil scientist was worldwide and he worked closely with experts from many countries to develop international classification systems for soil materials.  The American Geographical Society awarded him the Cullum Medal, its highest distinction, in 1932, “For geographical works on the study of soils – the foothold of all things.”

C.F. Marbut           Mark Baldwin

Indiana-raised, Mark Baldwin (pictured right), entered work as a Soil Survey Inspector for the Bureau of Soils in 1912 until his retirement in 1944. Baldwin worked under Marbut for almost his entire career. In 1917, Baldwin and a few other men from the Soil Survey responded to the call for volunteers to train as pilots and observers in the Signal Corps. After they were decommissioned, Baldwin and T. M. Bushnell took what they had learned from "up in the air" and were the first to experimentally apply aerial photography to soil mapping. In the early 1920s, Baldwin mapped the boundary waters of Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin. His wife Mary was most likely the first woman to participate in American soil survey field work; as at this time, she accompanied her husband, often transcribing and taking field notes, while assisting Baldwin with sampling.  For a time the Baldwin’s lived in Missouri and Mary taught soil science at the University of Missouri.



For more on Marbut, check out our title: Life and work of C. F. Marbut : soil scientist, professor of geology, 1895-1910. Or check out books and media from the MOBIUS lending catalog.

Soil Reconnoissance of the Ozark Region of Missouri and Arkansas by Curtis F. Marbut

Curtis Fletcher Marbut Papers (SHSMO finding aid)

The Use of Aerial Photographs in Soil Mapping by Mark Baldwin, Howard M. Smith and Howard W. Whitlock

Soil Classification by Mark Baldwin, Charles E. Kellogg and James Thorp

Mark and Mary K. Baldwin Papers (SHSMO finding aid)

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Missourian Spotlights

Check back each month for a new featured Missourian in the "Spotlighting Missourians" feature. Previous months will be available in the tabs of this box.

In 1905, famed Missourian and horse trainer, Tom Bass, orchestrated a horse show to raise funds for Kansas City fire authorities. The show was such a success that it was incorporated into the American Royal season and is still going on today; where many a blue ribbon, belt buckle and silver cup are granted to equestrians, rodeoers, livestock exhibitioners and bar-b-quers alike. But this is only part of the legacy of Tom Bass. 

Tom Bass was born in January 1859 on the Bass farm in Boone County, Mo. As a young child, Bass was seen to have a way with animals. Emancipated at age six, Tom was raised by his former slave grandparents and stayed on at the Bass farm until the age of 20. At this time, he and his brother Jesse went to work at the Ringo Hotel in Mexico, Mo. But soon, Tom found himself employed as a horse trainer by Joseph Potts at Potts & Clark. And from then on, Bass was the man to seek and a "Tom Bass-trained" horse was the horse to have . He trained equine legends Rex McDonald, Miss Rex and Belle Beach (below with Bass). His abilities and reputation for fair and honest dealings even permeated into the world of dignitaries and celebrities. He was visited by Presidents McKinley, T. Roosevelt and Taft, and rode in the inaugural parades for Cleveland and Coolidge. Buffalo Bill Cody with a young Will Rogers, Adolphus and August Busch, P.T. Barnum, Queen Marie of Hungary and others also sought Bass out.

Tom Bass on Belle Beach

Known for his gentle training methods, Bass designed a bit which helped prevent mouth injuries to horses during training. When shown the new bit, Potts remarked to Bass "That's an invention." Bass, who never had a head for money, responded, "I love horses. I don't want to make money off this bit. I want to give it to the horses of the world; something to make their way in life a little easier." The "Bass bit" is still considered standard tack in contemporary stables today.

Bass bit

Bass died on November 20, 1934, in Mexico, Mo; now known as the "Saddle Horse Capital of the World."

For more on Bass, check out our titles: Tom Bass, Black horseman, Marking Missouri history, and Forgotten Missourians who made history. Or check out books and media from the MOBIUS lending catalog.

The Heart of the Saddle Horse Story in Missouri

See a bust of Tom Bass in the Hall of Famous Missourians (inducted 4/12/1999).

Learn more about the American Royal.

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In the 'Little House in the Big Woods,' Laura Ingalls was born outside of Pepin, Wisconsin on February 7, 1867. The second of five children, the Ingalls lived a pioneering life in the frontier West. Precipitated by plagues of locusts, blizzards and the general hardscrabble life of farming, Laura's childhood saw the family move to the Osage Indian Reserve in Kansas; Walnut Grove, Minnesota; Burr Oak, Iowa; and finally, DeSmet, South Dakota. In DeSmet, Laura cared for her now blind sister, Mary; attended high school, and started her first teaching job. Neighbor Almanzo Wilder gave her buggy rides to and from the school. Later the two would marry. In 1886, their daughter Rose was born and the next several years saw the young couple suffering hail damaged crops, fires, diphtheria, drought, and the loss of their infant son. They sought success elsewhere and eventually travelled to Missouri.


In 1894, Almanzo and Laura moved to Rocky Ridge Farm, near Mansfield, Mo. They quickly earned reputations for their farming skills; and through their farming occupation, Laura got started in writing. Using the byline Mrs. A. J. Wilder, her first paid writing job was as the poultry columnist for the St. Louis Star Farmer. And between 1911-1931, she wrote articles about farm life for the Missouri Ruralist. In later magazines she wrote under A. J. Wilder to give her work more credibility among male readers. When the stock market crashed in 1929, the Wilders lost most of their life savings. In order to help supplement the farm, Laura wrote an autobiography. However, that autobiography was never published. Instead, she took the advice of the reviewing publishers and with the help of her journalist daughter (Rose Wilder Lane), rewrote it as fiction. Her famous Little House series was born out of the retelling of her pioneering childhood experiences as historical fiction. The series made Laura Ingalls Wilder one of the most influential children's authors in American history.

The Wilders lived out the rest of their lives on Rocky Ridge Farm. Almanzo died at the age of 92 on October 23, 1949, and Laura died three days shy of her 90th birthday on February 10, 1957. Television and stage adaptations have been made of the Little House series. Most famously, the 1974-1983 TV series, Little House on the Prairie, starring Michael Landon as Charles 'Pa' Ingalls and Melissa Gilbert as Laura. Rose

Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum in Mansfield, Mo.

See a bust of Laura Ingalls Wilder (inducted 9/15/1993) in the Hall of Famous Missourians.

For more on Wilder and her Little House series, check out titles from our collection, or request books and media from the MOBIUS lending catalog.

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