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Mary Ellen Harshbarger McVicker

Mary Ellen Harshbarger McVicker, museum director, art educator. Recipient Governor's award Excellence in College Teaching, 1998.


  • McVicker, Mary Ellen Harshbarger was born on May 5, 1951 in Mexico, Missouri, United States. Daughter of Don Milton and Harriet Pauline (Mossholder) Harshbarger.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with honors, University Missouri, 1973. Master of Arts, University Missouri, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy, University Missouri, 1989.


    • Instructor Central Methodist College, Fayette, Missouri, 1978-1985, museum director, 1980-1985. Project director Missouri Committee Humanities, 1981-1985, Missouri Department Natural Resources Office History Preservation, 1978-1985. Owner Memories of Missouri and Tour Tyme, Inc., 1986-1996.

      Professor history Kemper Military College, 1993-2000. Director development The Salvation Army, Columbia, Missouri, 2000-2001. Executive director Friends of Historic Boonville, 2001—2006.

      Professor history Columbia campus Moberly Area Community College, Missouri, since 2006.



    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Vice president Friends History Boonville, Missouri, 1982-1987, president, 1989-1990. Board dors. Museum Associates Missouri University, Columbia, 1981-1983, Missouri Methodist Society, Fayette, 1981-1984. Chairman Bicentennial Celebration Methodism, Boonville, Missouri, 1984.

    President Arts and Science Alumni, University Missouri, 1992-1994. Board directors Missouri Humanities Council, 1993-1997. Member Missouri Alliance History Preservation (charter), American Association of University Women (treasurer 1977-1979), American Association Museum, Centralia History Society (project director 1978), Museum Associates United Methodist Church (charter, board director 1981-1983), Mortar Board, Women's Club (treasurer 1977-1979), United Methodist Women's Group (charter), Phi Beta Kappa.



    Collecting antiques, gardening, family farming, singing, travel.


    • Married Wiley Ray McVicker, June 2, 1973. Children: Laura Elizabeth, Todd Michael.
    • father: Don Milton Harshbarger
    • mother: Harriet Pauline (Mossholder) Harshbarger
    • spouse: Wiley Ray McVicker
    • children: Laura Elizabeth McVicker
    • Todd Michael McVicker
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    Born March 5, 1951
    (age 65)
    • 1973
      University Missouri
    • 1975
      University Missouri
    • 1989
      University Missouri
    • 1901
      director, development The Salvation Army
      Columbia, Missouri, United States
    • 1978 - 1985
      Instructor, Central Methodist College
      Fayette, Alabama, United States
    • 1978 - 1985
      project director, Missouri Committee Humanities
    • 1981 - 1985
      project director, Missouri Committee Humanities
    • 1986 - 1996
      owner Memories of Missouri and Tour Tyme
    • 1993
      professor, history Kemper Military College
    • 2001 - 2006
      executive, director Friends of Historic Boonville
    • 2006
      professor, history Columbia campus Moberly Area Community College
      Missouri, United States
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