Author Presents Historical Stories in the Old Independence Museum
Dozens of stories about the early days in the Arkansas Ozarks will be shared in a program by Dr. Brooks Blevins in the Old Independence Regional Museum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August  26. He will be introducing his newest book A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1: The Old Ozarks and will sign books after the program.
This volume is the first in a three-volume set and tells the history of the Ozark region from the days when Native Americans hunted and trapped the hills and hollers until the migration of tens of thousands of settlers from east of the Mississippi River.
In gathering the facts about generations of life in the region, Blevins writes about people as they hunted and trapped, farmed, mined, created early industry, established churches and schools and argued over politics.
Dr. Blevins is the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield. An Izard County native and Lyon College graduate, he is the author or editor of eight books, including Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image and Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South.

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Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.