What’s it about? And why now?

by Joshua Heston

It’s pretty simple, really. At least the second part. State of the Ozarks is happening now because I finally “got ’round to it.” The domain existed for over a year as I struggled with various design and structural ideas that could adequately express the content and the expansion qualities needed for a publication website of this scope. Nothing seemed quite right until late summer of 2007. State of the Ozarks was officially launched on September 17 of that year. Anyway, about that first question... What's it about? An editorial-style website for the Ozark region and Ozark culture doesn’t particularly exist anywhere else. Oh, there’s lots of sites with Ozark in the name, but those tend to be small business sites, state-run travel-and-advertising sites — or they are purely commercial. Now, State of the Ozarks is commercial. Advertising is for sale (at some pretty inexpensive amounts, I might add), but we have what no other Ozark site has: Consistent content and quality. State of the Ozarks is dedicated to the journalistic standards of traditional media and is designed to archive, preserve and promote Ozark heritage and culture. This is a magazine, a library, a photo album, a storybook, and a history text all rolled into one. And the purpose (to celebrate and preserve Ozark heritage and culture) is becoming a reality.

Mission Statement:

State of the Ozarks is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Ozark culture.

Details:

State of the Ozarks is not responsible for misprints, errors or other mistakes. Any letters or articles chosen for publication become the property of State of the Ozarks.

All letters and articles may be edited for any reason.

Intellectual property rights are not extended to book / magazine quotes. See bibliography. Intellectual property rights are not extended to photos with the caption "photo courtesy of [insert name]."

State of the Ozarks reserves the right to edit or decline any material that does not strictly follow this aim. State of the Ozarks reserves the right to edit any and all articles based on length, style, and content.

Plate 1. Your editor, folks. Joshua Heston, originally from Central Illinois, has made his home in the Missouri Ozarks in order to help preserve and celebrate these mountains.

Barefoot in the garden

Plate 2. Gardening is best done barefoot, regardless of era.

Summer Ozark Shadows

Plate 3. Shadows and rolling green evoke images of summer and good old days, now long gone. July 23, 2010

For Writers

Request information or send complete manuscripts to the editor. All manuscripts are kept on file. Manuscripts may be edited for content or length. State of the Ozarks is not responsible for claims or offers made by writers. The opinions of writers are not necessarily those of State of the Ozarks or its editor.

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Preface

“I have been viewing anew and pondering again my native land, viewing and pondering as a changed man, noting a rather baffling intermingling of changed and comparatively unchanged countrysides.

"In earlier years I first viewed and pondered Ozarks places and peoples as a newspaper reporter and intermittently as a writer for magazines and reviews. Most of my published work was factual. Most of my editors accepted or rejected it as such. My primary interest was in the individual and mainly rural people of the Ozarks. Here again my editors employed free choice of acceptance or rejection.

A few, including the lucidly pompous ellery Sedgewick, late editor-publisher of The Atlantic, and my long-time boss on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the mellowed by brillian realist Paul Greer, had chided me for the habitual favoring of rural Ozarkers. ‘You’re much too damn sweet with your fellow hillbillies,’ Greer had shouted. ‘You’d sweet talk the devil himself if you chanced to find the Old Persuader going around in patched overalls held up by a single gallus buttoned with a bent nail…’

From The Boadacious Ozarks: True Tales of the Backhills by Charles Morrow Wilson, 1959

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