(MO) Gun exhibition to run through this weekend


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March 7, 2003, 10:03 PM
Gun exhibition to run through this weekend

By Mike Cullinan, Mail city editor

March 06, 2003

Decades of collecting guns and Native American artifacts by some local residents will culminate in an exhibition of the items, set to begin Thursday on the north side of the square in Marshfield.

The exhibition will be held at 101 East Jefferson Street, Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., concluding on Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be a $5 charge at the door, with all proceeds to benefit Missouri Girls Town in Kingdom City.

Event chairman Barbara Carroll said the idea for the exhibition came to fruition about six months ago. The Marshfield chapter of the Women's Federation Club, of which she is a member, holds an annual fund-raiser that benefits Missouri Girls Town. House tours had been the event that the chapter had used as a fund-raiser in recent years past.

"Part of the challenge was trying to come up with an ideal idea other than a house tour," Carroll said.

As it turned out, finding inspiration for another idea would have to go no further than her own father, Kenneth.

Kenneth Carroll has been collecting guns for more than 50 years, and will have more than 250 of them on display at the exhibition. The guns include a variety of Winchesters, commemoratives and pistols, along with rifles that were used in the Civil War, she said.

Getting all the guns labeled and including descriptions, not to mention having display cases readied for many of them, has been challenging, Carroll added.

Aside from guns, the exhibition will also feature a collection of Native American artifacts gathered over the years from local residents. Carroll said all of the artifacts were collected in Missouri and will include rare arrowheads and pottery.

While the home tour fund-raisers have generally been successful, Carroll believes that this exhibition should definitely have a wider appeal to the public, especially among men.

"With this, we're getting people, other than just women, interested in something," she said. "And hopefully, it will also give people a chance to learn a little bit more about Girls Town."

For more information on the exhibition, call 468-3488.

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