The Johnson County Historical Society is a 501c(3) non-profit organization which maintains the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library & Museum and the historic buildings on the Old Courthouse Square in Warrensburg, MO. Archives of original county records dating from 1834 are housed here. A premiere research facility specializing in family and local history is open Monday – Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Museum tours are available 1-4, Monday – Saturday, guided tours and group tours by appointment.

The Old Courthouse (1838-1871) still stands, carefully restored, in its original location on Main Street. The period courtroom and upstairs offices pay tribute to the brave pioneers who built it.  The Trial of Old Drum, where George Graham Vest’s Eulogy on the Dog was delivered, took place in this courthouse in 1870.  It is funded by membership dues, your donations and sales of publications and other items. Your donations are welcome:

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  1. Penny Matthews says:

    Does anyone remember an man named Mr. Ewing who ran a small store on the railroad in the very early 1960’s

  2. Loretta says:

    The family I am researching lived in Warrensburg, Mo in the mid 1800s. I will be visiting the area during the week of Aug. 3. What collections does the Historical Society hold that might provide information concerning this family that is not available on genealogy websites? Thanks very much for any assistance!

    • curatorjchs says:

      Hello Loretta, I am sorry that I was out of town last week and didn’t get to visit with you.I hope that Betty and Herb were able to find all you were seeking.
      Let me know if there were other items on the lower level that might have helped you in your search.

      • Loretta says:

        Hi Lisa! Just returned last night and going through my emails. Per our phone conversation when I was at the airport, I have sent an email regarding my research needs and photocopy requests. Please feel free to email or call me with any questions. I am so grateful for your assistance and that of your staff!

  3. curatorjchs says:

    Thanks Loretta. Our team will see to your request : )

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