Be a Part of the Past!

goGive Ozarks on May 9th
Very soon, you have the chance to be part of an exciting day in Southwest Missouri history! Give Ozarks, an online giving campaign led by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, is happening on May 9. This is an opportunity for you to give back to local organizations — including the Webster County Historical Society. Click here to learn more about the campaign!

The Webster County Historical Society (WCHS) is the driving force behind historic preservation in Webster County, Missouri.

Marshfield’s Carnegie Library, 1971

  • Connect Learn more about the history of Webster County, Missouri.
  • Share Swap your memories of the Ozarks with others from across the country.
  • Join Want to become part of the WCHS? Call 417-468-7407.
Recent News
  • The WCHS board has decided to participate in the third annual “Give Ozarks” online fundraising event to be held May 9, 2017.  Please see the “Give Ozarks Day” page on this website for more details.
  • The annual Marshfield school tours are scheduled for several dates in April and May. Several topics will be discussed.
  • On Tuesday, April 25th the Webster County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting in the Pauline Dyche Annex building. The guest speaker will be Webster County Clerk Stan Whitehurst.   The meeting starts at 7 pm.  Everyone is invited!

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Images used courtesy of the WCHS, Randy Clair



11 responses to “Be a Part of the Past!

  1. Linda Knochenmus

    June 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Among my deceased aunt’s possessions is a HISTORY OF WEBSTER COUNTY 1855-1955 by Floy Watters George. Before I destroy it I would like to offer it to the Webster County Historical Society if they are interested in it.

    • Webster County Historical Society

      April 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Because we are so late in responding to your question, you may have destroyed your aunt’s copy of HISTORY OF WEBSTER COUNTY 1855-1955 by Floy Watters George. If you haven’t, we’d love to have it!

  2. Bill Boggess, formerly of Carthage,Missouri

    August 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I am in the process of preparing an updated Memorial on Find A Grave for Judge Elijah W Barnes, #10928036 who died in Marshfield in 1900. 8/15/14

  3. Glen Hartley

    August 18, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I’m trying to locate a court document of July 31, 1917 of a pension report for Laban Hartley who was living at Seymour at the time. How can I find this, I have an old faded copy that is hard to read and I would like to see a clear copy. Glen Hartley

    • Webster County Historical Society

      April 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Could you give us a little more information? What court? What kind of document? What kind of pension?

      • Glen Hartley

        April 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        The heading reads, State of Missouri, County of Webster. The date is July 31, 1917 and it is related to a Civil War military report of service. It is signed by Laban Hartley and the Notary Public is A. W. Bauke (? hard to read). It is in connection with pension certifiate number 5295?3. He was a private in the Missouri Cavalry. I simply would like a copy that I can read. I was told you had the old courthouse records and that this would be in them. If this is not accurate please advise me and I will search elsewhere. Glen.

  4. kaye lotman

    September 15, 2014 at 2:02 am

    My maiden name was Delzell and my ancestors were some of the settlers of Webster County; specifically White Oak and Henderson. My grandparents were Fred and Magnolia Delzell and my grandfathers brother was Dr. Delzell, who was one of the founders of Henderson Academy. I have donated several items to the museum, but have never been there. I am planning a trip to the area in the near future and would like to visit the museum. Is it open 7 days a week?

    • Webster County Historical Society

      April 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      After this long delay to answer your question, I hope you are still planning a visit to the Webster County Historical Museum, or have already found your way there. From April 1 to mid-December the Museum and Research Annex are open Monday through Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm. From January through March 31, the buildings are open on Fridays, 1pm to 4 pm.

  5. Jeaneen Sons

    December 24, 2014 at 1:35 am

    I am trying to find a probated will of Henry Ragsdale died 18 July 1874. Thank you, Jeaneen Sons 1502 Hillcrest Road, Bedford, IN 47421

  6. Webster County Historical Society

    April 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    We have found some information but could you please give us your phone number? We need to determine that we have the right Henry Ragsdale.


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