Belk Receives 2012 “Lion Hearted Award”

September 17, 2012
Lee Elliff Pound
brad belkJOPLIN, MO (SNS) –  Joplin Museum Complex Executive Director Brad Belk is the 2012 "Lion Hearted" Award recipient from the Alumni Association at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
Belk will be honored during the Homecoming Friday night reception on Oct. 5 and at the Lion Pride Brunch, scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6.
Reservations are still available for both events and can be obtained by calling 417.625.9355.
Over the past twenty-five years Belk has made it his mission to create greater public awareness on the importance of local history. As a practicing public historian he has worked in various capacities as an author, educator, archivist, historian, exhibit designer, conservator, tour guide, historian film script writer, director and film producer. Belk has been associated with the Joplin Museum Complex for 25 years and holds the position of executive director. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Missouri.
Belk has authored five books, co-authored two and has written numerous newspaper articles, brochures, booklets and historical site pamphlets. He has written, co-produced, directed and/or appeared in thirteen historical videos. Several of the films have received awards.
Belk has collaborated with the design and planning of several off-site permanent exhibits. He has given thousands of historical tours, lectures and presentations. Through the years he, his staff and volunteers have renovated many of the exhibit areas including the museum’s mineral wing. During his tenure at the museum ten major collections containing over 100,000 artifacts have been acquired.
As a public servant he has served on Missouri History Speakers’ Bureau, Co-Chairman of the City of Joplin’s 125th Celebration, board member of the Route 66 Association of Missouri, Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, and Joplin Elk’s Elkland Advisory Committee.
Currently he is serving on the MSSU Alumni Board of Directors. Belk recently wrote the script and directed a 30-minute video covering the history of Missouri Southern and assisted with the historical restoration of the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center. He is currently in the production stages of writing the 75th Anniversary book of Missouri Southern.
Belk was honored by receiving the Missouri Governor’s 2006 Missouri Humanities Award for his “special contribution to a community’s understanding of its heritage” as well as preserving the history of Southwest Missouri.
Brad resides in Joplin with his wife Belinda, and pets; Bella, Blue and Baby, Blossom and Buddy at home, and Percy at the museum.