President’s Message April 2022

One of our goals is to focus on the future: what can we do now to help those who come after us to continue to preserve the history of Chariton County as it evolves. This, as we see it, involves creating, expanding and maintaining exhibits offering a glimpse into life as our ancestors knew it. To offer us an appreciation of all they did to make our life easier.

Thank you to Ingram Trust Fund for approving our grant request for:

-Hostess salaries

-Wireless microphone system and iPad to be used for live streaming the quarterly programs and recording oral histories

-An iPad and kiosk with a greeting to visitors giving a brief history of CCHS and an overview of exhibits

Jennifer Thornburg has been conducting video interviews with former students and graduates of the Dalton Vocation School. An interactive exhibit with a kiosk and iPad with these interviews will soon be a part of the evolving African-American exhibit. Thank you to a private donor for the iPad and kiosk and to The Recollection Agency for editing the videos.

The creation of a Millinery Shop on Main Street is in the works. We are “shopping” in the museum to collect items for this new exhibit – dresses, hats, corsets, etc.

Last year we had a visitor who after touring the museum, called it the “Smithsonian of Missouri.” He was quite impressed with the extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits. We’ve decided to adopt that as our tagline.

We look forward to seeing you this season- Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1pm – 4pm or by appointment. Be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook (Chariton County Historical Society) and check out our website:

Please send an email to with any request for research or other questions.