Joplin History & Mineral Museum announces winners in video contest

Apr. 30—Carl Junction High School students swept the awards in a recent video contest to complement the collections in the Joplin History & Mineral Museum in Schifferdecker Park.

The contest invited amateur videographers — schoolchildren through adults — to create one- to three-minute videos that chronicle the people and stories that contributed to local history.

A video profile of Joplin native and renowned jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson, submitted by Madilyn Dalton, took first place. She received a $250 cash award.

Second place and $125 went to Jake Garrett and Thatcher Girouard, who produced a video on the historic Route 66 Drive-In in Carthage.

A video profile of mules used in mines during the area's mining heyday won third place for Mackenzie Quillman, who received a $75 prize.

The fourth Carl Junction student to win an award was Aidan Streight, who took honorable mention for a video profile on the murder of Steve Newberry, a Carl Junction student who was killed by classmates in 1987.

Also receiving an honorable mention were students in the after-school club at Diamond High School. Their video profile was on Harold Brazil, a Joplin native who went on to become one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American pilots in the U.S. military.

The videos will be incorporated into collections of the museum complex through either interactive displays or through television monitors, said Kelly Reddin, president of the Joplin Historical Society, which hosted the contest. The videos also will be included in local television public service segments to highlight the new video additions to the museum.

This is the first time for such a contest as a tool for adding a more personal connection to the historical storylines that are documented in the museum complex.