The Poplar Bluff Museum tells many unknown tales of our community. I want to tell you some of those hidden tales found within the museum walls.
Tamara Leigh Fister is a hometown girl from Poplar Bluff. She graduated from Poplar Bluff High School in 1975 and received a degree in marketing from Southeast Missouri State University.
Tamara won the Miss St. Louis Pageant, which allowed her to compete in the Miss Missouri Pageant and later be crowned Miss Missouri. Her winning talent was a vocal rendition of the song “Beautiful.” On Sept. 9, 1978 Tamara represented the state of Missouri as a contestant in the 52nd Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
After college and the pageants, Tamara dedicated her life to her family and a career in philanthropy. Most recently she has worked with Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda. Watoto is an international organization with a worldwide humanitarian mission. Tamara is the executive director of development.
A photo and biography of our own Miss Missouri is on display in the Poplar Bluff Museum’s People Room. The Museum is handicap accessible and open free of charge Sunday 1-4 p.m. at 1010 Main St. Tell them Mike sent you.
Mike Shane is a veteran, Poplar Bluff resident and board member for the Poplar Bluff Museum.