On this date, The Missouri Miner newspaper at Missouri S&T University announced a planned speaking engagement that week by famed Neosho-born artist and writer Thomas Hart Benton. “As his painting indicates, he is a man with a zealous mind, and he has supplemented this with a lifetime of experience which has enabled him to show American life in a manner which has been unduplicated,” the paper noted. You can read about his home, now a museum in Kansas City, here.

Photo Credit: The State Historical Society of Missouri