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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Historical society celebrates muralist's 124th birthday

  • On Saturday, the Newton County Historical Society celebrated the famous muralist and Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton's 124th birthday (which was April 15), at the Newton County Historical Park.
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  • On Saturday, the Newton County Historical Society celebrated the famous muralist and Neosho native Thomas Hart Benton's 124th birthday (which was April 15), at the Newton County Historical Park.
    The public was invited to attend a special PowerPoint presentation by Steve Sitton, site administrator of the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio in Kansas City.
    "I (came) down to do a talk about him, his life, his biography a little bit, his timeline and then I am going to talk about all of his murals," said Sitton. "He did 14 murals. Some of them are not very well known, some of them are quite well known."
    Asked if there was one particular mural that Sitton enjoys, he said, "probably the one in the Missouri State Capitol. Every time I go, I see something new in there. And Tom kind of said it was probably his best work."
    The birthday bash at the historical park is a way each year to remember the Neosho native whose artwork allowed him to achieve national and international recognition. Benton was born on April 15, 1889 in Neosho. He died at the age of 85 in 1975.
    Asked how important it is to recognize Benton's birthday, Sitton said that Neosho is not the only place that recognizes the day. Actually, a place in Kansas City held an event Friday night.
    "Actually some of Tom's friends were there, so you could actually talk to people who knew him," Sitton said. "We are doing an unveiling (Sunday) of a new piece of artwork we just acquired that was done in Neosho. It was done as a present for his mother when he had come back from Paris but before he went to New York."
    Benton's artwork doesn't stop here in Missouri.
    "And almost every art museum has got something by him," said Sitton. "We use his artwork a lot of times in social studies textbooks, so people have usually seen his artwork. They don't always know the name, but they certainly know the style."

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