Old Drum Day Festival June 11, 2022
The Johnson County Missouri Historical Society and friends will host its annual event Old Drum Day Festival June 11, 2022 in Warrensburg, Missouri, the county seat for Johnson County.
Event is 11 am to 6 pm at the Old Courthouse Square at the corner of Main and Gay St.
The theme this year: “Resources of the County.” There will be demonstrations by local producers presenting a variety of products from lawnmowers to honey. We also will host a variety of local resource organizations sharing information on their services in our Community Outreach Corner.
Vendors, food trucks, artists and much more will present their wares for all to enjoy.
Bring a chair and come enjoy our beautiful part of the old town. Find a friend and stroll through the car show. Be entertained by local dance troops and choirs. Sit and sip on a cold drink while listening to live music and spoken art.
Bring your favorite four-legged friend to our dog show as
one lucky pup will be crowned OLD DRUM AMBASSADOR.
We hope you visit our museum located inside The Mary Smiser Heritage Library with its many new displays. The Historic Courthouse will be open and is where Senator Vest in 1870 first coined the phrase “Dog is man’s best friend.”
So come visit our historic little town and enjoy a day of something local.
For information on being a vendor or volunteer contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the vendor link above.
Visit us on Facebook at Johnson County Missouri Historical Society for postings on the event. JCMHS is a 501 c not for profit organization.
March 22, 2022
The Johnson County Historical Society hosted 200 first graders, teachers and parents from Ridgeview Elementary School in Warrensburg. This was the students first field trip, and they had a tour and presentation in the historic Courthouse, the old Elm Schoolhouse and the Smiser Heritage Library and Museum given by presenters in costume.
Bruce Reed Memorial Fund
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, original deeds, original court cases files, along with the original newspaper binders from the Daily-Star Journal and Standard Herald. A premiere research facility specializing in Johnson County families and local history is open 1-4 PM Tuesday – 1-8 PM Thursday – 1-4 PM Saturday or by appointment.
We are in need of volunteers to sit at the museum visitors center for 3 hours 1-4 PM Tuesday, 1-8 PM Thursday, 1-4 PM Saturday
Our guiding principles are in alignment with FFNHA. Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area http://freedomsfrontier.org/
1. We will be tolerant and respectful of diverse stories from multiple perspectives.
2. We will respect property rights.
3. We will focus on authentic and engaging experiences.
4. We will honor the region’s peoples, past and present.
5. We will appreciate unique cultural and historical assets within the nationally important landscape.
6. We will invest in community engagement, education and empowerment.
7. We will sustain and grow a sense of place.
8. We will value and protect the natural environment.
9. We will consider future generations in everything we do
Museum tours are available 1-4 PM Tuesday 1-8 PM Thursday 1-4 PM 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, considered the Man’s Best Friend is the Dog Speech, was delivered, took place in this courthouse in 1870. https://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/education/olddrum/oldjohnsoncountycourthouse
Our organization is totally funded today by membership dues, donations and sales of publications.
Your donations of money, historical artifacts and your time are welcome and needed. We receive no outside agency funding and have no employees so your donation and or volunteering is extremely important and we thank you for your support.
Hours: 1-4 PM Tuesday 1-8 PM Thursday 1-4 PM Saturday
To Contact us: email: email@example.com
Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/jocomohistory – frequent new pictures & articles.
Postal address: 302 N. Main, Warrensburg, MO, 64093
See the Johnson County History Blog: https://1973whsreunion.blogspot.com
See a video about Warrensburg, Missouri
See a video about Old Drum – Eulogy to the Dog
NOTE: If you would like to request JCHS research any information for you, for the quickest response please contact us by email or Facebook message – see the links above.