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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 Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Museum tours are available 1-4, Tuesday – 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:

Hours: 1-4 PM, Tuesday – Saturday
To Contact us: email: curator@jocomohistory.org
Follow us on  https://www.facebook.com/jocomohistory – frequent new pictures & articles.
Postal address: 302 N. Main, Warrensburg, MO, 64093
Phone: 660-747-6480

See the Johnson County History Blog: https://1973whsreunion.blogspot.com

See YouTube videos of the Sunday jam at JCHS


NOTE:  If you would like to request JCHS research any information for you, for prompter response please contact us by email or Facebook message – see the links above.

17 Responses to Our Home Page

  1. Steve B James says:

    Does anyone know about the reunions held in Warrensburg years ago for families of Barksdale and Nancy Cockrell West who lived in the area back in 1870:’s? Also looking for genealogy records researched by Bella M Hughes. She apparently was a member of your society at one time. Also iS THere A History Of Honey Creek Baptist church Anywhere?
    Thank You, Steve B James.

  2. Mike Smith says:

    Anyone have any information about Shiloh Cemetary? It’s about 15 minutes outside of warrensburg. There’s an abandoned church too which was called Shiloh Presbyterian Church. Would just like a little information about it.

    • curatorjchs says:

      I have recently taken over here as curator and am trying to catch up with unanswered queries. I apologize for the delay.
      In 1949 members of the Warrensburg Chapter of the DAR recorded the information on the readable grave markers. At that time the cemetery was owned by the church, Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian, with Mr. Silas Shannon, Chilhowee, Mo., as the Trustee. There are about 300 evident burials in this cemetery.

  3. Karen Bates says:

    I have a picture of a large group of men I believe to have been taken in Johnson co. A date on it is Nov 1917. Is there any way,if I sent a copy, that some one there might be able to recognize the building and why the men were gathered there? Most of them seem to be wearing some kind of ribbon. They are all dressed in suits.

  4. Margie Elliott Woodall says:

    Years ago there was a museum of the Warren family. Does it still exist and where? If not, where would I find the genealogy information? I am related about 5 generations back. Thanks for your help.

    • curatorjchs says:

      I have recently become the curator at JCHS and am finding some apparently unanswered queries here. I apologize for the delay.
      The original Johnson County Historical Society Museum was in a small house just north of the Old Courthouse. This museum was called the Warrensburg Heritage Museum. In 1982 a new museum was built with the seed money coming from the Smiser family, so it is called the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library. We have a lengthy Warren family file in our collection.

  5. Marti Winkler says:

    Lisa, My name is Marti Winkler. I sent you some info to add to the Bowman file a few yrs ago. I now have another request, but do not have your phn # to contact you. Please let me know how to contact you so I can explain what I am looking for. Thanks. Marti

  6. curatorjchs says:

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

    • curatorjchs says:

      Penny, do you remember what kind of store it was? Was it on Washington Street? Lisa Irle, curator

    • Mike Shaw says:

      Yes, Verlon Ewing was well known in Warrensburg. He worked as a sign painter, painted Warrensburg School on the new school buses and would paint children’s initials on their new bicycles, etc. He owned a small bbq joint the he inherited from his father who claimed it was the first black-owned business in Warrensburg.

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