About Iron County, Missouri

Society Organizational Meeting

On June 26, 1974, a meeting sponsored by the Arcadia Valley Woman´s Study Club was held at the Arcadia Valley High School library. Ninety-Two (92) persons attended in addition to the guest speaker, Dr. James W. Goodrich.

Visitor Center and Museum
New location 630 Hwy 21, Arcadia, MO
(this is not the mailing address)

Mrs. Isabelle Edgar, Temporary Chairman, introduced Dr. James W. Goodrich, Assistant Director of the State Historical Society and Associate Editor of the Missouri Historical Review. He gave background material on the State Historical Society and the resource materials available for use. He also stressed the value of local history and suggestions for preserving such history.

Miss. Dorothy Reese then presided over a question and answer period wherein questions were directed to Mr. Goodrich concerning organization and functions of a society, financial arrangements and the advantages of forming a corporation. Mr. Goodrich stressed the importance of adopting by-laws and incorporating as a "Not-for Profit" organization in order to qualify for tax exemption.

Visitor Center and Museum
The Whistle Junction Depot
(Location of the New Museum)

In regard to finances, Joe Ricketts reported that a little more than $1,300 was left in the 1957 Centennial Fund, and it was felt the funds should be turned over to an historical society if one was organized in Iron County.

Miss. Dorothy Reese made a motion to organize an historical society in Iron County and Mrs. Stephanie Fania seconded the motion. Lee Aldridge suggested the official name should be the "Iron County Historical Society" and Miss Reese restated her motion to include the name. The motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. S. P. Hitchings made a motion to empower the Temporary Chairman to proceed with the forming of the organization and Lucille Smith seconded the motion. This motion also passed unanimously.

The Society was incorporated on July 16, 1974.

Virtual Museum

The Iron County Historical Society has started cataloging its virtual museum for online browsing. Click Here to see this feature in use. We will continue to add more so please check back.

Take a step back in history

Plan a tour of the Iron County Historical Society Museum. To schedule a tour contact: Email or call 573-546-3513. You may also email Wilma Cofer to schedule tours.

Spring, Summer and Fall Hours:

  • Every Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sundays 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Winter Hours:

  • December 1st through March 31st
  • Fridays and Saturdays 10-4:00 p.m. and Sundays 1-4:00 p.m.

President - John Abney
Iron County Historical Society
P. O. Box 183
Ironton, MO 63650
Phone No. 573-546-3513
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