Working to Preserve the History & Heritage of Chariton County, Missouri

Welcome to the Chariton County Historical Society website. We exist to preserve the heritage and history of this county, and hope you will join us in our efforts. Take a look around our website to learn about us and what we do.

Become a Member

Membership is the primary means of funding the work of the Chariton County Historical Society. Membership is only $15 per year, and allows us to continue preserving and promoting the history of our county.

Become a Member

Make a Donation

We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Donations and grants help us greatly in our ability to operate our museum and allow us to continue to preserve our history. Thank you to all who continue to support us!

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To stay up-to-date with everything happening with the society and the museum, be sure to follow us on Facebook. We post on our Facebook page several times per week, so go like and follow us today!

About CCHS

The Chariton County Historical Society was founded in 1956 by a group of people with a strong interest in preserving the heritage and history of Chariton county. Since its beginning, CCHS has strived to preserve the county’s history through its collection of artifacts, photographs, documents, and other memorabilia.

Today, that same desire is at the core of everything CCHS does. It has a dedicated team that works countless hours to ensure Chariton County history is preserved.


Map image courtesy of My Genealogy Hound (

The Chariton County Museum

CCHS headquarters are at the Chariton County Museum located in Salisbury, Missouri. The museum is home to hundreds of artifacts from Chariton County’s past, as well as the societies collection of historical county records.

The museum is open from the first Tuesday in April through the last Saturday in October. Regular museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM or by special appointment. Admission is free, so be sure to come in for a tour!

Veterans Room

Services and Resources

CCHS offers several services to the community, including education, a certification program, and custom research upon request. They also have numerous records and resources available to the public, including:

  • Birth records
  • Death records
  • Probate records
  • Census records
  • And more!

Latest Updates from CCHS

June 2021 Updates

The following obituaries are available from the Chariton County Historical Society: Obituaries for last name / surname A Obituaries for last name / surname B Obituaries for last name /…
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May 2020 Updates

Early marriage records for Chariton County were added. Click here to view. Early settler records for Chariton County were added. Click here to view. Research Requests A research request form…
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