Monroe County Genealogical & Historical Societies

Monroe County Genealogical & Historical Societies

Monroe County Historical Society

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If you would like to schedule a meeting or program for your area or group, please contact Nancy Stone at [email protected].

Membership Information

Monroe County Historical Society Special New Member Application The Monroe County Historical Society is a non-profit corporation formed in 1967 to preserve the history of Monroe County, Missouri. Regular meetings are held the last Monday of each month except July, August and December. Additional meetings and programs may be scheduled as needed for special projects and programs. The society sponsors a museum in the Monroe County Courthouse and a research room at the Paris Public Library, open during normal business hours. A quarterly newsletter has information of general historical interest as well as (submitted) family histories. Send articles and queries to [email protected]. Please put MCHS in the subject line The annual meeting of the Monroe County Historical Society is held the fourth Monday of October. Our membership year is October thru September. If your annual dues ($10 individual, $15 family) are received in July, August or September, 2004 you will receive a free copy of the September 2004 newsletter.

Link for membership application - print out the application and mail to:  Mary Daniel, Treasurer

31008 Monroe Rd 450

Stoutsville, MO 65283

Make checks payable to: Monroe County Historical Society

Our Meetings 

The society holds regular meetings the fourth Monday of each month except July, August and December. For the convenience of current and former residents, additional meetings will be held in and around Monroe County as we compile, write, edit and publish Monroe County...Then and Now. On Wednesdays July 14, 21 and 28 we will meet at the Paris Public Library between 10 a.m. and noon. Watch your area newspapers and check this web page for future meeting dates and locations.

Our Research Room

The holdings of the Monroe County Historical Society are housed at the Paris Public Library. The Library is conveniently located at 101 So. Main (just 2 blocks south of the courthouse) in Paris. Most of the collection is listed on the library catalog. The catalog can be reached at this link. Main library page can be found here. Please note that the books can only be used on the library's premises.

Library hours are:
Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday... 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday... 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday... 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday... Closed

Monroe County Museum

Monroe County Historical Society
Monroe County Courthouse
North Main
Paris, MO 65275

The museum is on the first floor of the courthouse and contains many exhibits depicting life and the history of Monroe county.

An example of one exhibit:

Built by Charles P. Callis, this is a model of the James Fletcher Callis farm. Purchased April 16, 1867, the two sons of James Fletcher, Chester and Parrish, were born there. Chester lived there his whole life. As an added note, the brick used in construction was made on the farm.

More pictures and information can be learned here:

Our Organization

The Monroe County Historical Society is a non-profit corporation, with perpetual duration, founded September 11, 1967. The purposes of the Society shall be of a non-profit nature and shall be exclusively historical, scientific, educational and charitable. The leading purposes shall be to record, collect, receive, preserve, study, exhibit and share things pertaining to county history. The Society shall also receive and hold property or real estate for the purposes of preserving and exhibiting the materials of county history. It shall disseminate and publish knowledge of county historical things and be empowered to engage in all activities and programs relating to a historical society.

The Society shall have the following specific purposes and powers: to gather and preserve information relative to objects and events of Monroe County; to assume responsibility for proper recognition and preservation of various historical landmarks, relics, souvenirs, antiques, cemeteries, buildings and documents pertaining to county history and to arrange and promote anniversary celebrations and meetings and other social functions to promote anniversary celebrations and meetings and other social functions to honor and preserve the memory of things and persons of the county's past.

It shall be concerned to establish and maintain a Monroe County Museum (currently located in the Monroe County Court House) and to cooperate or affiliate with other associations having like interests. The museum is open during regular business hours of the courthouse. Donations to the museum are considered permanent gifts. To avoid confusion, loans of articles are not accepted.

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