Star School

Complete your visit to the Ralph Foster Museum with a step into the past at the Star School, a turn-of-the-century one-room schoolhouse, which is located just north of the Museum.

Star School No. 38 was originally located on the bank of Flat Creek downstream from McDowell, Missouri in Barry County. The schoolhouse was received by College of the Ozarks in 1975. Because of narrow roads the building had to be taken apart in sections before moving and was meticulously reconstructed beside the museum. Dedication ceremonies were held on March 28, 1981, and four teachers who had taught at Star were honored: Ben Stubblefield (five terms), Edna Berry Melton (three terms), Leta Thomas Chastain, and Ella Garris (taught in 1910) who was represented by her daughter.

Discovery Room

The Ralph Foster Museum offers several educational programs for the younger museum visitors. A hands-on Children's Discovery Room is available free of charge to children ages 4-9 and is open Monday through Friday. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Loan kits are available for area schools, which contain artifacts, text, audio and worksheets, and may be loaned to a class for a period of five days. A brochure is available which lists the kit contents and loan instructions.

Painting the Ozarks: Half Day Art Camp


Ages 8-12

Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks® 
1 Cultural Court, P.O. Box 17
Point Lookout, MO 65726

Phone: 417-690-3407

Registration Form

Annette Sain, Museum Director & Kiley Hutcheson, Retail Operations Manager

All information can be emailed to and payment and final registration contact 1-833-267-1985

During the Half Day Art Camp, the Ralph Foster Museum will become a classroom and art studio for young artists to focus on creative and fun ways to use what they find in the Ozarks in an artistic way. The emphasis will be on experimentation, conservation, art etiquette, and Ozarks heritage. Students will work with the museum staff/students who will articulate the importance of looking at how the land can shape an artist’s palette.

2019 Dates of Event:

  • July 11th 8:30am-12:00noon
  • July 18th 8:30am-12:00noon
  • July 25th 8:30am-12:00noon
  • Aug 1st 8:30am-12:00noon

Cost: $25 per (child/children) All art supplies provided. Treat for the ride home is included.