The Gold Star Boys mural was painted right after 9/11/2001. It pictures the faces of six young men from the Cuba Area who fought in WWII and did not return to their families.
But then we found out that there was more to the story. Ralph Fishwick lost his life in the line of duty on a return convoy off the coast of Africa on December 2, 1942. We thought. Read on for the rest of the story.
The Gold Star Mural just off Route 66 in Cuba was painted just after 9/11 although it had been planned for months. With its tribute to the young men from the Cuba area who had lost their lives during WWII, it seemed an apt expression of the feeling of patriotism that swept the country at [...]
In May, we published, “Mural artist update for Canadian artist Michelle Loughery.” Loughery is the Canadian artist who helped Viva Cuba begin the Cuba, MO mural project. Michelle Loughery’s latest commission in Vernon, Canada is pictured in this article. A look at this mural will show a similarity in style to some of Cuba, Mo’s [...]
This entry is part of the 2010 mural artist update series… Cuba, MO: Viva Cuba was very lucky in its choice of an artist for the first mural in 2001. Cuba artist Shelly Smith Steiger guided the choice while seeking information about outdoor murals. She initiated an Internet correspondence with Canadian Michelle Loughery, an experienced mural [...]
Another in a series of Viva Cuba’s mural artist updates for 2010… Artist Michelle “Shelly” Smith Steiger’s life has come full circle in many ways. A hometown girl, she graduated from Cuba High School in 1986 when Camille Ogden was her art teacher. Now, she holds the position that Camille Ogden held as the CHS [...]
Chamber needs military information for Fourth of July Celebration and Remembrance While many think of history as a boring look at things of long ago, it is really an always-changing series of events that continue to touch our lives. A recent article in the Cuba Free Press about the 2010 plans for Cuba Missouri’s Fourth [...]
Recently on a bright August Day, Viva Cuba members boarded the large Empire Bank tour bus as it passed through Cuba. It was no act of piracy or highjacking. The Empire Bank Classic Club tour director Jeanne Sleeth from Springfield, Missouri had arranged for the Viva Cuba members to join the tour in Cuba to [...]