Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives

Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives The Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives101 East Broadway Excelsior Springs, MO 64024-2513 (816) 630-0101 http://www.esmuseum.com The Museum encompasses two historically significant buildings: the former Clay County State Bank and the Francis Hotel.

The mission of the museum is to collect and preserve the history of Excelsior Springs. We also have an extensive archival record collection on the businesses and citizens of Excelsior Springs and surrounding areas.

Operating as usual

09/01/2021

The Museum will be closed this Saturday so that our hardworking volunteers may enjoy the long Labor Day holiday weekend with their families. We'll resume our normal 11 am-4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

SOS! The Museum's annual rummage sale is coming in October. It’s that time of the year – only a few weeks until the Muse...
08/31/2021

SOS! The Museum's annual rummage sale is coming in October. It’s that time of the year – only a few weeks until the Museum’s annual rummage sale! There are two ways you can help support this annual fundraiser:
Clean Out Your Stuff! We’re accepting “gently used” items now. The storage location is off-site, so please call or email the Museum to arrange a time to drop off items between now and the sale. All proceeds from the sale of your tax-deductible donations will benefit the Museum.
Come and Shop! We’ll have awesome stuff for you at our October rummage sale! More details coming soon.
Thank you for your support of the mission of the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives!

SOS! The Museum's annual rummage sale is coming in October. It’s that time of the year – only a few weeks until the Museum’s annual rummage sale! There are two ways you can help support this annual fundraiser:
Clean Out Your Stuff! We’re accepting “gently used” items now. The storage location is off-site, so please call or email the Museum to arrange a time to drop off items between now and the sale. All proceeds from the sale of your tax-deductible donations will benefit the Museum.
Come and Shop! We’ll have awesome stuff for you at our October rummage sale! More details coming soon.
Thank you for your support of the mission of the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives!

Loved this Missouri Life story featuring artworks that reveal significant pieces of our state's history. Especially love...
08/11/2021
Ten Missouri Artworks • Missouri Life Magazine

Loved this Missouri Life story featuring artworks that reveal significant pieces of our state's history. Especially loved the shout out to Donald Judd, the noted minimalist artist born in Excelsior Springs!
https://missourilife.com/ten-missouri-artworks/?fbclid=IwAR3UVm75GE0dMtJHMQaNuL0Odau22cEaPqRqQk4y45nu2F9Ydn6Us1ypeWo

As a part of our bicentennial series, we show off ten artworks from Missouri artists that help us understand our state’s history.

Today's the day to celebrate Missouri's 200th birthday! Link is to an online lecture on the controversy and struggle lea...
08/10/2021
Statehood Day Program | Missouri Historical Society

Today's the day to celebrate Missouri's 200th birthday! Link is to an online lecture on the controversy and struggle leading up to statehood on Aug. 10, 1821. And if you'd like to celebrate locally, join us between 3 and 7 today when the following will be at the Museum with lots of local, county and state history to share: Clay County Historic Sites; Friends of the James Farm; Clay County Archives' Clay County Historical Society & Museum; Kearney Museum; Watkins Mills; Atkins Johnson; Excelsior Springs Historic Preservation Commission and the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives. Don't miss the "Ancestral Trails' exhibit that tells the story of the earliest settlers here. You'll see names you recognize still today! https://mohistory.org/events/statehood-day

The Missouri Historical Society celebrates Missouri’s statehood with a presentation by Dr. Peter Kastor.

Happy birthday, Missouri, you don't look a day over 199! Celebrate the bicentennial of our great state on Tuesday, Aug. ...
08/08/2021

Happy birthday, Missouri, you don't look a day over 199! Celebrate the bicentennial of our great state on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the our Museum in historic downtown Excelsior Springs. Learn more about our local history around the time of statehood, and get lots of information from 10 vendors! (date corrected)

Happy birthday, Missouri, you don't look a day over 199! Celebrate the bicentennial of our great state on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the our Museum in historic downtown Excelsior Springs. Learn more about our local history around the time of statehood, and get lots of information from 10 vendors! (date corrected)

08/04/2021

We're disappointed, but we have decided to postpone the planned Cooley Lake art show until next April, when we return to our normal schedule following our winter break. Silver lining: there will be more time to catch new inspirations in the fall and spring waterfowl migrations! For those of you who take the Missouri Conservationist magazine, don't miss the article on Cooley Lake in the August issue.

Want to learn more about the history of The Royal Hotel? Have you ever heard of Carnation Hill? These stories and more a...
07/30/2021

Want to learn more about the history of The Royal Hotel? Have you ever heard of Carnation Hill? These stories and more are in the Museum's newsletter, The Phunn. If you're a member, look for the newsletter in your mail early next week. If you're not, and you'd like to receive the newsletter (and many more member benefits!), you can join now online at the Museum's website, www.esmuseum.com!

Want to learn more about the history of The Royal Hotel? Have you ever heard of Carnation Hill? These stories and more are in the Museum's newsletter, The Phunn. If you're a member, look for the newsletter in your mail early next week. If you're not, and you'd like to receive the newsletter (and many more member benefits!), you can join now online at the Museum's website, www.esmuseum.com!

07/25/2021

ART SHOW POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 2021 -- stay safe and healthy out there, everyone. Please help us spread the word to all local artists and photographers who've painted or made photoes at Cooley Lake over the years to consider entering the Museum's upcoming art show! More information on the entry forms, which are available at the Museum or via email (message to [email protected].) Entry forms due Aug. 6! Opening night party on the Second Friday in August -- Aug. 13. Make Friday the 13th your lucky day -- a total of $600 in prizes will be awarded the following Friday.

Have you ever baked a "victory cake" or remember your mother or grandmother doing so? Maybe even one of the recipes ment...
07/14/2021
Bake Victory Cake, the Simple, Inspiring Treat of Wartime America

Have you ever baked a "victory cake" or remember your mother or grandmother doing so? Maybe even one of the recipes mentioned in the attached article? The Museum's Military Room is honoring those on the home front who sacrificed and pulled together to support the war effort with victory gardens, scrap metal drives and yes, adapting recipes that used whatever was on hand in those years of food rationing. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/victory-cake-recipe?utm_campaign=The%20Weekly%20Genealogist%20&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=140108133&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--nxLd7UPUZdga2STSBnWxMuHgy6lhFh5PCPMrRxB1poUwErj8iu0-PE5kmVAJ9dodMHomSofznknzSRqvwsvj2mhTTcw&utm_content=140108133&utm_source=hs_email

Born in an era of rations, these scrappy recipes relied on cheap pantry staples.

We had the pleasure of meeting some of the great Tiger football team today, along with Coach Smothers. Museum educator D...
07/07/2021

We had the pleasure of meeting some of the great Tiger football team today, along with Coach Smothers. Museum educator Darryl Couts helped show off the Museum -- especially to introduce them to the dueling pistols that Tigers of yesteryear shed blood, sweat and tears for in Excelsior's long rivalry with the Liberty team. Today's Tigers were helping us doing some heavy lifting around the Museum as part of their day of community service days. Great group of guys -- can't wait to cheer them on in action this coming year!

06/27/2021

Due to continuing weather worries, the outdoor group painting/sketching/photographing sesssion at Cooley Lake was cancelled. Rescheduled for the Sunday after 4th of July weekend: July 11. Same plan: meet at Bohemian Sage at 9:30 am, caravan to Cooley Lake.

06/13/2021

Get out of your studio and into the great outdoors on Sunday, June 27! Local artists and photographers are invited to meet at 9 a.m. at the Bohemian Sage Gallery in downtown Excelsior Springs, then caravan to Cooley Lake, 8 miles south of Excelsior Springs. Bring a bag lunch and your own painting supplies. The past meets the present in the Cooley Lake Art Show, part of the local celebration during the Missouri Bicentennial Year (1821-2021). Any work of art inspired by Cooley Lake may be entered in Excelsior Springs Museum & Archive’s Bicentennial Art Show beginning Aug. 13. Art show prizes will be provided courtesy of the Missouri Humanities Council, the Downtown Excelsior Partnership, and Janet Blauvelt. For more info, please email the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives at [email protected]. Note: Banner is a photo illustration created by Dale Duncan.

Thanks so much to The Atlas for your support of the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives and for crafting a great heritag...
06/09/2021

Thanks so much to The Atlas for your support of the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives and for crafting a great heritage beer!

Spruengling is back! Visit the Atlas Saloon to drink good beer and support the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives at the same time! Cheers!

Look who we found visiting the Museum this past week! Cynthia Hughes, a descendant of Travis Million, and Tyler Hedges, ...
06/06/2021

Look who we found visiting the Museum this past week! Cynthia Hughes, a descendant of Travis Million, and Tyler Hedges, a descendant of the Hedges-McCleary family. Cynthia was thrilled to learn more about her ancestor whose story is so crucial to the founding of Excelsior Springs. Tyler shared more information on his family, which for generations had such an impact on our city's economic development and civic and social life. Be sure to catch these displays this year at our Museum! And, while the "Struggle for Statehood" exhibit has moved on to Springfield, the local story, "Ancestral Trails" remains in the Francis Hall so you can learn how your ancestors got here and what life was like for them in the early days of Missouri's statehood.

Learn about all about the Jefferson Highway, which ran from Canada to New Orleans, during the Jefferson Highway Associat...
06/04/2021

Learn about all about the Jefferson Highway, which ran from Canada to New Orleans, during the Jefferson Highway Association's rally beginning Excelsior Springs the 2nd weekend of June. Stop in at the Museum on Friday, June 11, to learn more, or register for their event (see link below.)

Happy Memorial Day! We remember our forebears every day at the Museum, particularly our local military veterans. Our Mil...
05/31/2021

Happy Memorial Day! We remember our forebears every day at the Museum, particularly our local military veterans. Our Military Room got a makeover this year, as the photo shows. Be sure to check out the pictures of local veterans of land, sea and air service during WWII, along with three binders of the military records of our local veterans. If we don't have a photo and service information about your ancestor -- or you! -- please download a survey form on our website. Follow this link: https://esmuseum.com/home/research/military-room/

Happy Memorial Day! We remember our forebears every day at the Museum, particularly our local military veterans. Our Military Room got a makeover this year, as the photo shows. Be sure to check out the pictures of local veterans of land, sea and air service during WWII, along with three binders of the military records of our local veterans. If we don't have a photo and service information about your ancestor -- or you! -- please download a survey form on our website. Follow this link: https://esmuseum.com/home/research/military-room/

05/27/2021

Our Museum is closed Memorial Day weekend so our volunteers can spend time with their family and memorializing their ancestors. Be sure to stop in today to see "Struggle for Statehood" before it travels to its next venue. This will be the last time this year to see the Missouri Humanities Council's traveling bicentennial exhibition in the Northland.

Only one more week to see the Missouri Bicentennial exhibition north of the river the rest of this year! "Struggle for S...
05/21/2021

Only one more week to see the Missouri Bicentennial exhibition north of the river the rest of this year! "Struggle for Statehood" is at the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Ends May 28.

Only one more week to see the Missouri Bicentennial exhibition north of the river the rest of this year! "Struggle for Statehood" is at the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Ends May 28.

05/09/2021

Spend some quality time with Mom at the Museum! Tours at 1:30 and 3:30 only today. The Missouri Bicentennial exhibits, "Struggle for Statehood" and "Ancestral Trails" will introduce you to the struggles and perseverance of your multiple great-great-great-grandmothers who traveled half the continent and braved the wilds of early Missouri to build a life here for you!

05/09/2021

The internationally renowned Greg Blake and the Hometown Band (with Excelsior Springs' own Todd Davis on banjo) livestreamed their performance tonight from the Francis Hall in the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives. Catch them here: https://fb.watch/5n2ZVttH1v/

Great news! We've been thrilled to welcome so many visitors to see "Struggle for Statehood" -- and even more thrilled th...
05/05/2021

Great news! We've been thrilled to welcome so many visitors to see "Struggle for Statehood" -- and even more thrilled that Missouri Humanities is extending its stay here through May 28! Don't miss it! Bring your mom in to see it this Sunday -- we'll be open for tours at 1:30 and 3:30!

Great news! We've been thrilled to welcome so many visitors to see "Struggle for Statehood" -- and even more thrilled that Missouri Humanities is extending its stay here through May 28! Don't miss it! Bring your mom in to see it this Sunday -- we'll be open for tours at 1:30 and 3:30!

04/13/2021

Thanks to Museum volunteers Deb and Bill Foster, Darryl Couts, Earl Humphreys, Mike Wilkins, Janet Blauvelt and Jordan Sturm, with direction from Claire Bruntrager from the Missouri Humanities Council, our latest traveling exhibit, “Struggle for Statehood” -- commemorating Missouri's bicentennial year -- was installed Monday for opening day Tuesday, April 13! Be sure to visit soon, and check out all of our other new displays too! We're open 11 am-4 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays at the corner of East Broadway and South Main in our historic downtown!

After your hike, be sure to take a stroll around our Museum! We can tell you more about Carnation Hill (later promoted i...
04/10/2021
Excelsior Springs: Siloam Mountain and downtown loop - KC Hiker

After your hike, be sure to take a stroll around our Museum! We can tell you more about Carnation Hill (later promoted into Siloam Mountain)!

Excelsior Springs: Siloam Mountain and downtown loop Apr 9 Written By Roy Harryman Excelsior Springs Siloam Mountain Trail and downtown trail loop, Clay County, Mo. Visit this iconic town, walk the Fishing River and scale Siloam Mountain.Trail The Downtown Excelsior Springs Trail System, including S...

We deeply appreciate the Griffey Insurance Agency and their honoring the Museum in celebration of their 100th year in bu...
04/04/2021

We deeply appreciate the Griffey Insurance Agency and their honoring the Museum in celebration of their 100th year in business this year!

We are celebrating 100 years in business this year! We are taking the money that we would have had to celebrate in person and we are donating it back to our community!

For the month of March, we are donating $100 to the Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives for their efforts in preserving our local history. Watch for a display regarding our family in the near future! We appreciate all the volunteers do!

Wishing everyone a happy Easter! (Vintage postcard from the Museum's collections.)
04/04/2021

Wishing everyone a happy Easter! (Vintage postcard from the Museum's collections.)

Wishing everyone a happy Easter! (Vintage postcard from the Museum's collections.)

We've spotted the first sign of the Museum's garden waking up from its winter nap. The grape hyacinths must also be exci...
03/31/2021

We've spotted the first sign of the Museum's garden waking up from its winter nap. The grape hyacinths must also be excited about the Museum reopening tomorrow, April 1, on its normal five-day schedule (Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) Hope you'll stop soon to see all the new displays. We guarantee you'll learn something new about our local history in the Hedges-McCleary display, as well as those on the Travis Million-Calloway Finley Founding Family; the Brunke centennial, and in our refreshed Military Room. On the Francis Hotel side of our Museum, all the display areas were refreshed last year before the virus hit and we had to be closed, so there's still much new to see! We appreciate your support, which makes these displays possible.

We've spotted the first sign of the Museum's garden waking up from its winter nap. The grape hyacinths must also be excited about the Museum reopening tomorrow, April 1, on its normal five-day schedule (Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) Hope you'll stop soon to see all the new displays. We guarantee you'll learn something new about our local history in the Hedges-McCleary display, as well as those on the Travis Million-Calloway Finley Founding Family; the Brunke centennial, and in our refreshed Military Room. On the Francis Hotel side of our Museum, all the display areas were refreshed last year before the virus hit and we had to be closed, so there's still much new to see! We appreciate your support, which makes these displays possible.

Happy first day of spring! Are your thoughts turning to flowers and gardening? The early newspapers here often promoted ...
03/20/2021

Happy first day of spring! Are your thoughts turning to flowers and gardening? The early newspapers here often promoted downtown beautification projects, and gardening enthusiasts pushed their favorite flowers. Apparently in 1892, hollyhocks were so popular that one "Lover of Flowers" called it Excelsior's patron flower. Clipping is from the 1892 edition of The Daily Phunn, which was published by Bill Hyder at the end of the nineteenth century and in April 1976 became the namesake for the Museum's quarterly newsletter. The next edition of the Museum’s Phunn will be mailed out at the end of April – be sure to join the Museum now so you don’t miss it! See our website at www.esmuseum.com for more information.

Happy first day of spring! Are your thoughts turning to flowers and gardening? The early newspapers here often promoted downtown beautification projects, and gardening enthusiasts pushed their favorite flowers. Apparently in 1892, hollyhocks were so popular that one "Lover of Flowers" called it Excelsior's patron flower. Clipping is from the 1892 edition of The Daily Phunn, which was published by Bill Hyder at the end of the nineteenth century and in April 1976 became the namesake for the Museum's quarterly newsletter. The next edition of the Museum’s Phunn will be mailed out at the end of April – be sure to join the Museum now so you don’t miss it! See our website at www.esmuseum.com for more information.

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101 E Broadway
Excelsior Springs, MO
64024

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Tuesday 11am - 4pm
Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm

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I don't know who to credit, but I want to compliment whoever did the research and wrote the piece on The Royal Hotel in The Phunn that came out in July. I found it so interesting. I also enjoyed the article on the history of Siloam Mountain. Thank you to all the volunteers who work so hard to educate and preserve our city's great history. Great job!
I got "The Phunn" in the mail yesterday and am enjoying reading it from cover to cover. Great job on the "When a Hill Became a Mountain" article. I never knew the history of our Siloam Mountain. Everyone should take the time to read this article. Well written and interesting.
I have researched only one time at your museum. Today, I got this email: "I am sorry for bothering you with this mail! I need to get an gift card, after a few attempts to buy gift cards online my card was blocked. I need to go to the bank to sort this. I rarely do only purchase so not sure what did I do wrong. I will be much appreciated if you could purchase the gift card for me and i promise not to let you down. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please i want you to get 3 Amazon or Apple gift card of $100 each, peel off the surface so the codes on it can be visible, take picture of the cards and send it directly to my email or email me the gift card claim code once you've done. I'll pay you back. I will be glad if you can get this done ASAP." BECOME AWARE OF THIS SCAM PERPETRATED BY SOME WOMAN NAMED KATHY D.
I got suspicious email message that says it is from the museum - asking for my help with something - doesn't say what. It ended up in my junk folder and I deleted but someone might want to check to see if they have been hacked. I see they are closed until February but someone could do a lot of damage in that time if they are using the account.
The Bates name is well established in Excelsior Springs as well as the Sanford, Sills, Isley, We have DNA here. a Great Grandson Richard Allen Bates.
FT or PT In-Home Caregiver Needed! Reliable, private in-home caregiver needed for my father in Excelsior Springs. Friendly patient in nice home. Prefer 40 hours per week, but could cover using regular part-time help as well. Coverage needed from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m., 7 days a week — perfect for health care students, retired nurses or supplemental income! We’ll set a schedule based on your availability! Direct message me for details if interested or please share with anyone who may be interested.
I have an obsession with Museums. I am going to be visiting my relatives in Missouri soon, and am looking all over for great places to catch some art. This really looks like the place. For those passionate about art in any medium, I just had a chance to see a movie called Empathy, Inc the other day. It was shot in all black and white, and really felt like nothing I'd seen before. Big thumbs up from me! Art lovers will definitely dig it, and can't wait to hopefully visit the archives!
To those of you who knew and loved Board member Sandy Wendling, she passed away after a fierce battle with cancer. Her service is December 31 in Olathe. She has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the museum. https://cremationcenterkc.com/sandra-fay-wendling-tackett/?fbclid=IwAR063XgG36OfOGHkUqVbRBCMRdLSHNsrUeeRy8tJrUo_GXevEotIXXr9-ao
I paid for a membership & submitted paperwork for a genealogy search SIX months ago... A follow-up email said they were working on it but I've heard nothing else in MONTHS. Who can I talk to to get answers??
Found an old book in a thrift shop that was presented to the Wyman Public School Library back on Nov 21, 1887 by Kirkland B. Armour, one of the founders of the Armour meatpacking company. Is this a donation you would be interested in...? Sorry, I could not attach all 3 pics together...
I would like to thank the Museum board and members who worked hard on the efforts for a museum tax to be formed. Your persistency and dedication to saving our history all this time has not gone unnoticed. I'm so appreciative of all that you do. Thank you.
I want to thank everyone who donated items to be used in the decorations of the Montgomery for our Gala on Nov. 2nd. Marlyin and I have attempted to return items on loan, however we still have some things that we are unsure about. If you are expecting something returned and it hasn't happened yet, please let us know. All other items will be in storage for a future use.