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McDonald County Historical Society
PO Box 572 Pineville, MO 64856
(400 W. Main Street, Pineville, MO 64856)
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The Museum will then be open Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 - 4:00, May through December.
We will open by appointment at other times by calling 417 223-7700 or by sending an email to

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

Sunday, November 18, 2:00
Pineville Community Center, 602 Jesse James Road

The dramatic presentation will be "The Old Ozarks", by author and singer, Marideth Sisco

Aurthor, Marideth Sisco is most well known as the singer and music consultant fo the Oscar-nominated film "Winter's Bone". She is the lead singer in the "Blackberry Winter Band."...Google books

A Christmas Carol


    Click on the link below to view slideshow as a Powerpoint.
Museum Veteran Slideshow

  The McDonald County Historical Society would like to thank all the families who have contributed to the Stories of Military Service Exhibit which will open May 26.   We are pleased to announce we have met and exceeded our collection goals as of the January 31st deadline for inclusion of photos for the exhibit.  The Bunker Hill Quilters now begin their work creating the patriotic quilt background for the photos and the Exhibit Team will begin their work of framing and creating the display. 

It is our hope that you will continue to pick up our packets and mail in your military stories and photos.    They will be preserved and archived for eventual inclusion in the Military Room Notebook on Veterans.
The Historical Society is honored to be part of preserving and celebrating the unique stories of military service given by the brave McDonald County men and women who served their country and have protected our freedoms. 

Jo Pearcy
Jo Pearcy was recently honored at the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet for her successful efforts in saving the Old Courthouse from destruction in 1978 by the naming of the schoolroom in the Museum "The Jo Pearcy Classroom" ! Thank you for the crowd of volunteers attending and to the board for making this a special event for Jo and for ensuring that generations to come will remember her for her courage, her initiative and her tenacity. She is a role model for all of us as we celebrate the rich and unique history of McDonald County.

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.

The 2018 calendar is $10 and now available at the museum and will be available this fall at the following additional outlets:   Pineville City Hall, Corner Cafe and More in Southwest City, Rags to Riches Flea Market in Anderson, and the Jane Store.   Our Calendar Lady, Dorothy Beauchamp, will be selling them beginning October 1st to business owners throughout the county.  We will be happy to mail them to you at $15 if you send your check and request to PO Box 572, Pineville, MO 64856.   They make wonderful Christmas presents to your family and friends who grew up in McDonald County.
Please make your check out to McDonald County Historical Society and mail to:  McDonald County Historical Society,  P.O. Box 572, Pineville, MO 64856.



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 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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