Presentation on Bald Knobbers, Grave Dowsing at WRVHS

The activities of the Bald Knobber vigilante group in old Forsyth (pictured) and surrounding areas will be the focus of the White River Valley Historical Society's quarterly program on Sunday, March 13.
The activities of the Bald Knobber vigilante group in old Forsyth (pictured) and surrounding areas will be the focus of the White River Valley Historical Society’s quarterly program on Sunday, March 13.

 

Press Release

 

FORSYTH, Mo. – A presentation on the Bald Knobber vigilantes and a grave dowsing demonstration will be the focus of the program at the White River Valley Historical Society’s quarterly meeting on Sunday, March 13, weather permitting.

The free event, open to the public, will begin at 1:00pm with refreshments and social time. A brief membership meeting will begin at 1:45pm, immediately followed by the program.   The WRVHS is located at 297 Main Street, directly across from the Taney County Judicial Center.

Originally founded in the 1880’s by several local businessmen, the ‘Law and Order League’ grew from a group of citizens concerned about lawlessness in Taney County to vigilantes responsible for several deaths in the area over a few years. Nicknamed the ‘Bald Knobbers’ due to the location where they met, their activities continue to generate interest with modern-day researchers and visitors to the area.

Later this spring, the WRVHS will kick off a monthly study series, tentatively titled Bald Knobber University, which will include in-depth discussions on the groups from Taney, Christian, and Douglas counties.

Following WRVHS President Rick Swan’s program on the vigilantes, Managing Director Leslie Wyman will demonstrate grave dowsing, and reveal how the Society’s cemetery committee used the technique to locate a grave presumed to be that of one of the victims of the Bald Knobbers.

The WRVHS offers a wide range of educational offerings, including customized programs and courses for organizations, schools, and homeschool groups, at no cost to the participants. For more information on the quarterly meeting or to pre-register for Bald Knobber University or other educational courses with the Society, call 417-546-2210 or email info@wrvhs.org.

The 54-year-old non-profit White River Valley Historical Society includes a museum, research library, and bookstore/gift shop.   WRVHS hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 4:00, weather permitting. The Society’s Branson Centennial Museum (417-239-1912) is open in the winter on Friday – Saturday, 10:00 – 4:00, weather permitting, and is located at 101 Veteran’s Blvd (corner of Business 65 and W Hwy 76). It features the Jim D. Morris Gallery, as well as a bookstore/gift shop. There is no admission charge at either location.

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