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McDonald County Historical Society
PO Box 572 Pineville, MO 64856
(400 W. Main Street, Pineville, MO 64856)
Facebook: McDonald County Historical Society
email: mcdonaldcohistory@olemac.net
The Museum will then be open Fridays and Saturdays 10-4 until Christmas.   We will open by appointment at other times by calling 417 223-7700 or by sending an email to mcdonaldcohistory@olemac.net.

  The courthouse is now available to rent to small organizations and for parties. Catering is available.   For details please call or email us.

The Craziest Protest You’ve Never Heard Of
by J. Mark Powell

Discover what happened when McDonald County left the State of Missouri.

We are asking for those who have details or experiences around the secession to call or contact us at our Society phone number or Society email or on facebook as we are collecting research for the State Historical Society on this event.

  2016 Calendars are Here!
Your newest collection of McDonald County Historic Photos are available now!  (order more than one and make your Christmas shopping easy, as these make great presents to family and McDonald County friends.)
Cost is $8 plus $4 shipping and handling for a total of $12.
Please make your check out to McDonald County Historical Society and mail to:  McDonald County Historical Society,  P.O. Box 572, Pineville, MO 64856.
Calendars are also on sale at the museum October through November on Fridays and Saturdays 10-4.


2016 Calendar

McDonald County, Missouri is proud of our rich heritage and strong family roots nurtured for more than two centuries in the southwest corner of Missouri. Welcome to the McDonald County Historical Society and the McDonald County Museum.

We meet the third Sunday of every other month at the Pineville community center on Jesse James Road in Pineville, MO, and invite you to join us as we learn more about our rich history and strive to preserve our heritage for all generations.

As a member you will help to support historical and genealogical research, can participate in events and activities including our many projects, and meet new friends.

Anderson, Missouri
Anderson, MO 1907

Sheriff's House
McDonald County Historical Society recently purchased the
Historic Sheriff's House located at 302 Harmon Street,
Pineville, MO 64856 in order to ensure that it will be preserved
for future generations.

Courthouse Museum
Courthouse        Courthouse 1942
Original                                                                            1942
 Courthouse new
Present look of Courthouse
Arnett MO
ARNETT, MO Post Office & grocery abt1900
Photo by Evelyn Nichols
Salt Peter Cave on Big Sugar Creek

You probably knew that Salt Peter cave was used in the movie Jesse James in 1938. But did you know there were 2 entrances to the cave. During the battle in Pea Ridge, Arkansas in the Civil War the cave was used for storing arms ansalt peter caved gun powder.
Stories have been told that there were card games held there and the women folk would bring sandwiches for the men. High school students explored the cave.

(Photo from Missouri Digital Heritage)

James Tatum
Attorney, James M. Tatum-July-1931
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We acknowledge and are grateful for the support of the Missouri Humanities Council

5 towns

Millers swimming hole
Miller's Swimming Hole

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