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Branson Centennial Museum re-opens Monday, June 29

Special News Correspondent

The time machine that sits on the corner at 120 S. Commercial St. In historic downtown Branson springs to life at 10 a.m. sharp Monday.

Inside you’ll find Jean and Jim Babcock , curators of the Branson Centennial Museum.

When you meet the Babcocks, you meet two life-long researchers dedicated to libraries and museums.

Jean and Jim Babcock of the Branson Centennial Museum. (Branson Globe photo by Jay Mejia)

They can tell you everything about how Branson came to be. Listening to them, you can feel the chug of the first railroad that stopped in 1907, smell the fire five years later in 1912 that swept through and burnt nearly all of the town, hear the music of the hills that stretches back to the original native Indians.

“Music has always rang in the hills of Branson,” Jean says.

And don’t come looking for Sammy Lane,” Jim adds. “You won’t find her.”

That’s because the female singer was just a fictional character in Harold Bell Wright’s Shepherd of the Hills novel of 1907.

You will find plenty of memorabilia and artifacts about the author and much more about Branson’s rich history.

The Branson Centennial Museum features rotating exhibits and a small gift shop, with the largest selection of local books in Taney County.

There you’ll find the historic timeline of Branson, as well as the music show timeline of stars and entertainers who have, and are today, entertaining Branson visitors of all ages.

The Museum is operated by the White River Valley Historical Society.

Admission is free. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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