Johnson County Historical Society, Missouri
Johnson County Historical Society was established in the 1920s and became increasingly active in the 1960s as part of an effort to preserve the historic buildings around the Warrensburg Courthouse Square. The organization offers archives that include over a century of newspaper clippings, diaries, maps, and other manuscripts. The museum offers exhibits related to the history of Warrensburg and Johnson County, with a special emphasis on the Civil War, prominent early settlers, and the famous trial of Old Drum. Thanks to the donation of funds and materials in the 1980s, the society established the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library. In recent years, donors have made possible the preservation and relocation of a historic one-room schoolhouse near the museum and archives. The group also works to preserve the historic Old Courthouse and other structures throughout the downtown area.
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