Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite Honorary Award Winner Journalist, broadcaster, television news anchor. Born on November 4, 1916, in St. Joseph, Missouri. From the early 1960s to early 1980s, Walter Cronkite was a much admired evening news anchor on CBS, serving a reliable source of...

Mark Twain

On Nov. 30, 1835, the small town of Florida, Mo. witnessed the birth of its most famous son. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was welcomed into the world as the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. Little did John and Jane know, their son Samuel would one...

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver Honorary Award Winner George Washington Carver was born a slave in Diamond Grove, Missouri, around 1864. He is one of the nation’s most famous agricultural scientists. He is best known for his research on peanuts and his commitment to...

Walt Disney

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney Missourian Award Winner Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in the Hermosa section of Chicago, Illinois. His father was Elias Disney, an Irish-Canadian, and his mother, Flora Call Disney, was...

John Q. Hammons

John Q. Hammons Honorary Award Winner Hotel legend and Missouri-native Mr. John Q. Hammons was for 52 years a leading innovator in the lodging industry. He was well known for his shrewd market analysis and for creating signature-style, full-service hotels featuring...