Coast to Coast: Preserving Ozark Jubilee

This campaign ended on December 16, 2016, but you can still make a gift to Missouri State University by clicking here!

The Ozark Jubilee was a live, nationally broadcast country-western variety show originating from the Jewell Theater -- “the heart of the Ozarks” -- in downtown Springfield from 1955 through 1960. Many country music stars began or advanced their careers by appearing on the Jubilee including Porter Wagoner, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, and the Philharmonics.  

Currently over 60 episodes reside in kinescope form in the University of California, Los Angeles Film and Television Archive. With your help, the we will work with UCLA to digitize and make available all viable episodes on a dedicated YouTube channel.  

Each episode costs $2,500, and we've selected an episode from January 1956 as our first episode.  This episode includes performances by the Porter Wagoner Trio, and interviews with Missouri Senators Tom Hennings and Stuart Symington, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball star Stan Musial. 

Your contribution will help us bring the Jubilee back to the Ozarks and beyond! 

For questions on incentives or this project, please contact

*In addition,  MSU alumni that make a qualifying gift of $25 or more receive an Active Alumni Member card.  



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38% Alumni

Show Alumni

4% Parents

Show Parents

16% Faculty/Staff

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41% Friends

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Donor list

Terry E. and Debbie A. Hammer
Gerry Everding
Robert Presley
David Richards
Thomas E Allen
Matthew Simpson
Debbie Ewert
Nathaniel Lucy
The State Historical Society of MO
Jeneva Pace
Ken & Sue McCrory
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Generate $150 or more and we'll send you the Ozark Jubilee Mug incentive. Mug incentives will be mailed out in January 2017.


Social Media Shout Out - We will post a "THANK YOU!" on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Ozark Jubilee Button - Get your very own collectible Ozark Jubilee button. Button incentives will be mailed out in January 2017.


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Ozark Jubilee Mug - Show your support with a mug celebrating the Ozark Jubilee & Missouri State University Libraries. Mug incentives will be mailed out in January 2017.


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Ozark Jubilee Shared Sponsorship - Donate $500 and we'll put your name (or your organization's name) in the credits of the YouTube video.

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Ozark Jubilee Full Sponsorship - Sponsor the digitization of an entire episode, and we will put your name on a title screen before the YouTube video.