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Museum Summer Hours
Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm
With the exception of special tours or events advertised we are closed during the winter.

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
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.
Karen Almeter

Karen Almeter was the featured speaker at a public meeting of the McDonald County Historical Society at  the Pineville Community Center on Jan.18, 2015. She talked about the preservation project of this one room McDonald County New Bethel School House.
Bell Starr
Belle Starr (Myra Belle Shirley) died in 1889 (Feb 3). There is marker on northside of Carthage MO square marking location of Myra's father John Shirley's hotel/livery & home. He owned most of the northside lots. Perhaps first movie made about her was silent film in 1912 & it did play Carthage. Museum will post article we have on Belle Starr film shot in McDonald County.

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 New Courthouse in Pineville, Missouri, 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.

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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Millers swimming hole
Miller's Swimming Hole

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