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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

May 19, 2017

College of the Ozarks expresses interest in preserving Ozarks history, acquiring Old Matt’s Cabin

POINT LOOKOUT, MO.—College of the Ozarks has interest in acquiring Old Matt’s Cabin, the historic site in Taney County around which the live drama, “The Shepherd of the Hills,” was performed for 57 years. A bank has foreclosed on the property and now owns it.

“The College of the Ozarks is interested in maintaining an important window on the past,” said C of O President Jerry C. Davis. “We would be interested in acquiring Old Matt’s Cabin as well as the rights to the ‘The Shepherd of the Hills’ drama. The College has the stability and resources to help maintain the cultural heritage of the area, and we think it should be preserved.”

Final performances of the drama took place in 2016. The production was based on the book, “The Shepherd of the Hills,” written by Harold Bell Wright in 1907. Old Matt’s Cabin is on the National Register of Historic Places.

For additional information about all events, visit or contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”

The Keeter Center—the College’s upscale lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.

To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


05.19.17 – Valorie Coleman


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