The Jefferson County Library Genealogy Department, together with our local county genealogical and historical societies, will present a virtual video tour showcasing the notable historical landmarks within the county. This joint effort will present the interesting stories associated with the areas served by each group in an interactive video map which online and available for viewing. Click LEARN MORE below to view it.
Anouncing the fall fundraiser for Maple Park Cemetery: A GATEWAY TO HISTORY. Discover Springfield events of the 1800s and join us for an old-fashioned fence raising party on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 3pm. You’ve heard of barn-raising parties when a community would gather to build a barn for their neighbor. At Maple Park, our beautiful iron fence that borders Grand is in need of a hand from the community. But instead of raising the actual fence, we’ll be raising funds that will be used for the restoration. The event will be held under a canopy tent at the cemetery south of the gazebo. Tickets are $50 per person.
For more information on the event schedule, sponsorship oppotunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit our website: www.mapleparkcemetery.org.
Tour and discover downtown Chillicothe! The history of twenty-three buildings in downtown Chillicothe has been researched and put online to share with the public. The research includes maps, pictures, city directories, newspaper articles and ads, and other sources. Each building can be accessed via a QR code. Read, see, and experience Chillicothe’s history. The tour begins at the Ben Bolt and winds its way south and east, but visitors can begin the tour wherever they see a QR code. Rack cards will also be available at various places with the information and a QR code to the home page. A hard copy of the tour will also be made available.
This project was made possible by the cooperative efforts of the Livingston County Library, Main Street Chillicothe, and the Grand River Museum.
Schuyler County is home to many interesting historical sites that offer a picture of the past in our county. On September 18, 2021, the Schuyler County Historical Society will host a tour the of Blacksmith shop in Queen City, the Hall Museum in Lancaster, and the Downing Depot in Downing. There will be a place to make donations at each facility. Each of these historic places have an extensive history dealing with people that have lived and thrived in Schuyler County and all over the world. Lunch will be served after the tour at the Schuyler County Community Building in Glenwood. The address for the Schuyler County Historical Society is 125 Washington Street, Highway 136, Lancaster, Missouri.
The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Tour provides an opportunity for cattlemen and the wider public to learn about new and unique practices among cattle producers in southwest Missouri. The tour will be held in September 2021 and consist of visits to three or four local farms and ranches in Barry, Dade, Lawrence, and Stone counties. This educational tour will help cattlemen and the general public better understand the vital importance of Missouri’s number one agricultural industry in the state’s economy. Event details to follow.
Forest City, in Holt County, has a rich history. From the time it was platted in 1857, through its days as a major port on the Missouri River and industrial years supporting a brewery and cannery, to its evolvement into a quiet farming community, Forest City has remained a vital part of Holt County history. On Sunday, June 9, the Holt County Historical Society provided a walking tour of Forest City’s historic buildings, including St. Patrick’s Church and City Hall, as well as a trip to its still-working drug store.
The Historic Mt. Gilead School is a one room school house built in the 1870s. Join the Historic Mt. Gilead School for field trips and tours in 2021 that will teach adults and school groups about the history of Missouri during the time it was admitted into the union. The program is open to the public, suitable for all ages, and can be scheduled throughout the 2021 calendar year.
Historic Saint Louis is a coalition of historic homes and museums that preserve and present the rich history of the Saint Louis region, encompassing many heritages, such as French, English, African American, German. Extensive research and collaboration have enabled most sites to be tied together through specific historic figures and events, documenting degrees of separation, presenting a connected history and heritage to the visitor. On Saturday, December 1, 2018, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., twenty-six historic houses, museums, and privately-owned homes joined together to present a splendid grand holiday tour. For this one-day event, each venue was decorated with a festive flair and may offer costumed skits, music, other seasonal activities, and refreshments.