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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.