Honoring Brad Belk’s 25 Years of Serviceby Representative Billy Long
Posted on 2013-01-14
in the house of representatives
Monday, January 14, 2013
Mr. LONG. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Brad Belk on his 25
years of service to the Joplin Museum Complex.
Brad has made it his mission to promote the local history of Joplin through numerous positions including author, educator, archivist, historian, exhibit designer, conservator, tour guide, historian film script writer, director, and film producer.
Brad has collaborated with the design and planning of several off- site permanent exhibits for the Joplin Museum Complex. He has also renovated many of the exhibit areas including the museum's mineral wing and assisted with the historical restoration of the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center. Throughout the years Brad has given thousands of historical tours, lectures and presentations. He has also overseen the addition of ten major collections to the museum containing over 100,000 artifacts.
In addition, Brad has made large contributions to the historical literature of the region writing five books and co-authoring two others. He also has penned numerous articles on the region and directed or appeared in thirteen historical videos--several of which have received awards. He recently wrote and directed a 30-minute video covering the history of Missouri Southern State University, MSSU.
Alongside his work at the museum, Brad currently serves on the MSSU Alumni board of directors and is currently completing the 75th anniversary book for Missouri Southern.
Over the years, Brad has served on the Missouri History Speakers' Bureau, as Co-Chairman of the City of Joplin's 125th Celebration, and as a board member of the Route 66 Association of Missouri. He was also a member of the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, and the Joplin Elk's Elkland Advisory Committee.
In 2006, Brad was honored with the Missouri Governor's Missouri Humanities Award.
Mr. Speaker, Brad's contributions to the city of Joplin and the state of Missouri are far-reaching, and it is an honor to recognize him.
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