Local and family history materials will continue to be available to the public at the Joplin Public Library, library director Carolyn Trout said Monday. The library recently won a judgment in a lawsuit filed by the Joplin Genealogical Society. The society wanted to operate the library's local history room independently and retain control of its materials. The society also sought $50,000 in damages.
Trout said the April 27 decision by Jasper County Circuit Judge William Crawford will make sure the materials remain a public resource rather than moving to private ownership.
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