The Concordia Area Museum focuses on the history of Concordia, Missouri, its people and culture. There is a wide variety of displays on the history of the town, from its settling to the contemporary period.


Hours

Feb-Oct: Wed, Thu and Sat 10 am-4 pm

Contact Information

802 S. Gordon St.
Concordia, MO 64020
Phone: 660-463-2105
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Location Type

Museum

Site Info

Parking
Restroom
Wheelchair
Group Tours
Parking
Restrooms
Research Library
Staffed
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

In the 1800s the Concordia, Missouri, area was settled by German immigrants to better their lives. Educational opportunities at the museum enhance the area's understanding and appreciation of its roots and background.

In 1984 The Concordia Area Heritage Society was formed to endorse and encourage the creation, collection, preservation and promotion of the material cultural and social heritage of the area.

Hundreds of visitors from Missouri and a number of other states have toured the Concordia Area Museum since it opened in February, 2003. The museum, sponsored by the Concordia Area Heritage Society, is located in three rooms on the middle floor of the Concordia Community Center.

Items for viewing have been donated by present and past residents, including a section about Kathryn Kuhlman, renowned evangelist, born in Concordia, Missouri.

Items including:

Farm goods
Historical records
Memorabilia from former businesses
Military uniforms and equipment
Old household goods
Photographs

Among the items is an old spinning wheel and carder which was brought to America in the 1840s from Hanover, Germany by the great-grandfather of a local resident.

Another former resident donated tools and other items from the former blacksmith shop here, operated by his father. The items include a froe, a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade and an off-set handle, a branding iron, a plowshare and a piece of wood from the Old Lutheran Church.

Melba Boeschen, past coordinator for the museum, had donated many items from the cafe "Topsy's" which was opened here in 1912 and which she and her husband operated from 1953 to 1979.

An old loom on which rugs were weaved for local families in the late 1800s and early 1900s, antique toys, clothing and daily items are on display to help us better remember and understand the life and the history of our community.

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