Farmhouses Before the Great Flood of 1993 – Life in the Chamois and Morrison Missouri River Bottoms

Since the Great Flood of 1993, the once bountiful and purposeful farmhouses in the Missouri River Bottoms of Chamois and Morrison, Missouri, have mostly disappeared. This project collected photos, stories, and histories of farm life in a 16-mile stretch of the Missouri River bottom. Over 80 responses were received including over 700 pictures resulting in the identification of 122 places. These are printed on 16 portable banners for display in Chamois and with the ability to be taken elsewhere (schools, churches, libraries, Historical Societies, the Capitol Museum, Taste of Osage County, and other interested places) for display. The Grand Opening of this display was to have taken place during Chamois Day, always the third Saturday in September.  Due to Covid-19, this has been postponed, but the display will be set up at St. John’s United Church of Christ (407 South Vine, Chamois, MO. 65024) on Saturday, October 10, 2020, from noon to 3:00 p.m. Others who would like to borrow the display can contact Project Director, Susan Sundermeyer, via phone at 573 301-5134 or via email at  This program was funded by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, The Chamois Historic Preservation Commission, and The Chamois Industrial Development Corporation.