The Museum

The Webster County Historical Museum was opened the public in 1997 after the society secured Marshfield’s former Carnegie Library building for use as a museum. Work began shortly thereafter to repair the building, which was in need of serious renovaiton. In July 1997, the Webster County Historical Museum was open for visitors and has been ever since.

Today, the museum houses many exhibits featuring various aspects of Webster County’s history.

The Museum is currently open Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. and is closed on Sunday. For other hours by appointment, call 417-859-2036.

The main floor of the Webster County Historical Museum

Main Floor:

  • Local history: Here, there are exhibits on the surrounding communities, including Seymour, Rogersville, Fordland, Northview, Marshfield, Niangua, Elkand, Diggins and more.
  • Women’s Room: An exhibit exclusively dedicated to the history of local women and children.
  • The Hubble exhibit: Information on Marshfield’s most famous son, Astronomer Edwin P. Hubble.
  • Tomato canning: An exhibit featuring the history of the tomato canning industry.
  • Agriculture: An exhibit examining the beginnings of rural agriculture in the area.
  • There are also other exhibits on the Civil War, the area’s churches, the Grange, the Webster County Fair and the Marshfield Cyclone.
  • The museum’s gift shop, featuring post cards, frameable prints, collectible ornaments and books, is also located on the main floor.


  • The Marshfield Room features many artifacts from throughout Marshfield’s history.
  • The main floor features a replica model classroom from a rural schoolhouse, as well as hundreds of photos and images from rural and area schools’ histories.
  • The main floor also features an exhibit on President George H. Bush’s visit to Marshfield in 1991, including the platform he spoke from during the Independence Day celebration.
  • The main floor also features an exhibit on both the Girl and Boy Scouts.

The Annex:

Located right next door to the muesuem the annex is a researcher’s dream come true. Here, the archives of the Marshfield Mail (spanning nearly 125 years of Marshfield’s history), the county’s probate records and the Mattie Day Hyde Collection are kept.

  • Indexed obituaries
  • Funeral records
  • Various books, journals and reference materials
  • Information on surrounding counties
  • Microfilm machine
  • Much more

5 responses to “The Museum

  1. Walter Watkins

    October 20, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Hi – I would like to get in contact with someone that represents the museum; have some ideas and would like to attend your next meeting.

    Walter Watkins

  2. Marilee Kilburn Gruenberger

    January 27, 2015 at 1:06 am

    I am looking for an obituary for Allen Kilburn who died in Webster County MO on 18 Jan 1894. Is there any way you can help me with this request?

  3. Denise

    March 5, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I was interested in borrowing a book about the Means family from your library. Is that possible to do through interlibrary loan? Very interested! My Great grandfather was John Logan Means.


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