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The Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives
celebrating 50 years of preserving the community’s memories

The Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2018 – 50 years as the proud keepers of our community’s unique history. The efforts of its all-volunteer team are focused on preserving and sharing the story of the past and present in Excelsior Springs.

The Museum calendar is packed with events year-round. New displays each year feature items from the Museum’s collection of 33,000 objects, photos, documents and ephemera. Displays in 2018 included “Harry Truman’s Night at the Elms” (pictured below), “Commuter Community: Ford and GM,” and a national traveling exhibit, “Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art.” In 2019, display include a focus on “Lost Ladies Shops,” and the annual Founding Family exhibit featuring “The Flacks.” In addition to the exhibit, the Excelsior Springs Genealogical Society is compiling a binder of Flack family genealogy for future generations. The Rev. J.V.B. Flack, called the “Father of Excelsior Springs,” was instrumental in marketing the healing qualities of the mineral waters upon which the city was founded, as well as being a nationally known evangelist and leader in the Christian Union Church.

The Museum’s Research Room is the place to start researching your own family history or the history of your home or local business. A team of knowledgeable genealogists is available to help, providing access to Ancestry.com and to the Museum’s own genealogical resources, including a database of 250,000 local names. Research help is reasonably priced beginning at $20 for the first hour (half price for members.) Call the Museum at 630-0101 or start your research request online at www.exsmo.com/museum.

Another key feature of the Museum is the Military Room (pictured bottom), which features a diorama of lead soldiers representing all aspects of a World War I battlefield. The Museum collects the military history and photos of local veterans to ensure their memory is kept for future generations.

The Museum frequently hosts class reunions and tour groups. Special tours are just a phone call away.

As the community continues to progress, your local Museum is committed to preserving the records and memories that local families and businesses are making today. We hope you will visit the Museum, support us with your membership, and join us as a volunteer as we strive to keep those memories alive and available for generations to come.

The Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives is open seasonally from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays from April 1-November 30, closing December-January for winter maintenance. Volunteers open the Museum on a limited schedule beginning in February through April 1. For additional information, call 816-630-0101 or send an email to emuseum101@gmail.com. Visit the Museum’s website at www.exsmo.com/museum — and please be sure to follow the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives on Facebook.