Polk County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Headquartered in Bolivar, Missouri, United States of America

Polk County Courthouse 100-Year Anniversary

Polk County Courthouse Centennial Print . . . $25.00 + $10.00 s/h
sleeved and shipped in large, padded envelopes

For overseas shipping, please contact PCGS at
info@pcgsmo.com for price of shipping before ordering.


Print size: 8 x 10 inches
Finished size (with white mat): 11 x 14 inches

Brief history of the Courthouse and artist's biography included with print.


Polk County, Missouri's magnificent courthouse, located in Bolivar, was finished in 1907.
The Centennial Celebration for the Courthouse was held September 8, 2007
during the Polk County Picnic and Rural School Reunion, held on the courthouse square.

For the Centennial Event, prints of Gretchen Pulley's original watercolor painting
of the Courthouse have been prepared and are for sale through the Polk County
Genealogical Society. The painting of the courthouse includes the Veteran's Memorial, the
American flag and the flower garden maintained by local 4-H groups, capturing the
significance of our nation, our county, those who have given their lives in service, and
our youth, who represent our future.

The signed and matted prints will be 8 inch by 10 inch, giclee' quality*, using archival
papers and inks with acid-free mats. The prints will be sold for $25.00. Shipping will be
$10.00. The finished prints will be sleeved and shipped in large, padded envelopes.

Gretchen was in the PCGS booth during the Festival to sign the prints. She is donating
one-half of the price of each print to the Genealogical Society to help them further
their research and preservation of history.

Gretchen Pulley, a local Bolivar artist, has been painting professionally for 10 years. She
is represented by a gallery in Springfield, Missouri and an online gallery. She has received
recognition in local, state and national art competitions. Two of her paintings have been
juried into Watercolor USA. She is a member of the Polk County Artists Association and
the Missouri Watercolor Society. Gretchen has presented four solo art exhibitions.

For more information, please contact the Polk County Genealogical Society
at info@pcgsmo.com or Gretchen Pulley at 417-326-6445.

*Giclee' is a French word which, translated literally, means "to spray." In the USA (and in its
simplest form) the word Giclee' has come to mean the exact reproduction of an original artwork
on sophisticated scanning and printing equipment and printed on acid-free long-lasting paper.
Giclee' reproduction is highly resistant to age, ultra-violet rays and water. The limited edition
prints of the courthouse are an accurate Giclee' reproduction of the original watercolor on
archival papers using pigment-based archival inks. Being limited edition, they are collectible.
When the edition has expired, no more will be available.

100-year-old history! Courthouse time capsule is opened
story and photos by Justin Ballard, Bolivar Herald-Free Press staff writer, reprinted with permission
Original article appeared on page 1 of the BHFP, Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Conservator Leslie James, center, holds a small piece of paper retrieved from a time
capsule removed from the Polk County Courthouse Tuesday. Members of the Polk
County Genealogical society and county officials were on hand when the 100-year-old
box was opened and its contents removed. Conservators from the Missouri State Archives
were in Bolivar to help clean and preserve the items that included old newspapers, a Bible,
coins and pictures.
(Others in top photo are Judy Mackey, Charles Gass, Leta Gass and Ben Gravely.)

*NOTE: The time capsule was made of copper and the top of it had to be peeled
back as there was no other way to open it.

2007 Polk County Picnic & Rural School Reunion
Roy Blunt visits Bolivar
While in Bolivar for the Polk County Picnic and unveiling of the courthouse time capsule's
contents to the public, Congressman Roy Blunt visited the Polk County Genealogical Society
Library and visited with some of the members.

At left, Lou Thelen Kemp, Roy Blunt & James Whitman (first floor of library)
At right, Susan Sparks & Roy Blunt (second floor of library)

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Located on the southeast corner of the courthouse square in Bolivar, MO