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For more information, contact Casey Smith by phone: 417-455-5526 or email: CaseySmith@Crowder.edu
Established in 1970 as a teaching museum, the Crowder College Museum of Arts and Sciences was an exciting addition to the college. Built on a desire to educate students in the rich traditions of Ozark Culture, a small band of directors and supporters began collecting examples of local art work. The first exhibits were organized from the homes of area residents. This early inclusion of local supporters in the inner working of the museum set a precedent for donations and patrons that thrives today.
Over the next several years, the patronage of Dan and Mary Longwell stood out in significance. The Longwells worked for Time and Life magazines during the 40’s and 50’s. Their many writings in support of Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Peter Hurd earned the couple the artists’ undying appreciation. The Longwells donated to the museum original lithographs by Grant Wood, Curry, Benton, and many others. In 1986, a grateful museum advisory board voted to officially change the museum’s name to the Crowder College Longwell Museum.
Larger than Life-The Legacy of Daniel Longwell and mary Fraser Longwell is a memoir written by Judith Haas Smith. Smith held a book signing
in the Longwell museum. During the signing and “Book Talk” with Dr. Jennifer Methvin, Smith reflected on her friendship with the Longwell’s.
You may view the entire interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BmXQgJDRAM&feature=youtu.be
Also a part of the museum’s permanent collection, housed in the museum vault, are over 30 original oil paintings by Missouri primitive artist Daisy Cook. These delightful works depict rural Missouri life at a slower pace. Detailed in the subject matter are Cook’s remembrances of church pie suppers, making grape jelly, and everyday affairs of country living.
Today, the Longwell Museum houses artifacts and many of Thomas Hart Benton’s original lithographs, as well as the famed Daisy Cook Collection. The Longwell exhibits are made complete by the works of many other regional artists.
The Longwell Museum also houses a permanent, rotating display of The Camp Crowder Collection, which contains over 5,000 photographs and negatives, original training text manuscripts, correspondence and records that chronicle the history of the World War II Signal Corps Training Camp at Camp Crowder.