About the Greene County Historical Society....
In addition to a Brief
History of the Society, this page has information on Membership
and Meetings, a list of Officers, and
Publications of the Society. The Society's
Bylaws are also available on the website.
unsuccessful attempts in 1933 and 1946 to organize a historical
society, the Greene County Historical Society was organized on June
2, 1954. The purpose of the Society is to foster and maintain an
interest in the history of Springfield and Greene County through
programs, publications, projects, and observances.
the years the Society has been involved in a number of projects,
either alone or in cooperation with other groups. Committees were
appointed to locate and record historical sites. This eventually
led to the formation of the City and County Historical Sites Boards.
A push for the establishment of a room in the public library designated
for historical materials resulted in the dedication of the Shepard
Room in 1961. The Society was involved in the establishment of Wilson's
Creek National Battlefield, as well as the establishment in 1975
of the Bicentennial Historical Museum (now History Museum on the Square.)
official archives of the Society is housed in the Special Collections
and Archives Department at Missouri State University. Learn
more about accessing these materials.
of the Society are announced in the "What's
New" section of this website. Visitors, guests, and new
members are welcome to attend.
annually per household
Life (one-time payment)
will receive the Greene County Historical Bulletin and advance notice of Society meetings and special events.
Dues can be sent to the Greene County Historical Society, P.O. Box
3466 GS, Springfield, MO 65808.
Akers, Past President
publications can be purchased through the Society by sending a check
or money order to the Greene County Historical
Society, P.O. Box 3466 GS, Springfield, MO 65808.
An Account of the Battle of Wilson's Creek or Oak Hills,
by Holcombe & Adams. A soft cover, facsimile reprint of
an account of the Battle of Wilson's Creek first published in
1883 for one of the early Wilson Creek veterans reunions. The
1997 revised edition contains an introduction, photos, and index,
as well as the original account. Price: $8.75 postage paid.
Civil War Letters of Albert Demuth and Roster of the Eighth
Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. A collection of letters written
to Demuth's parents in Springfield, Missouri, between 1862 and
1864. In his letters he shares his experiences of army life
and freely expresses his feelings about the war. His earlier
service was in the Greene County Home Guards and the Phelps
Regiment and then in the 8th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry (Union)
as a Captain. After the war he was elected Greene County County
Clerk in 1866, serving for twelve years. The roster has been
transcribed from the National Archives microfilm of the 8th
Missouri Cavalry. It contains the names, company, rank, age,
date and place of enlistment, and remarks concerning death,
illness, hospitalizations, and transfers. Price: $8.25 postage
Months in the Infantry Service, the Civil War journal
of R. P. Matthews. The journal records Matthews' experiences
in the Phelps Regiment Missouri Volunteers from its organization
in the fall of 1861 to its mustering out in May 1862 following
the Battle of Pea Ridge. A roster of the regiment as transcribed
from the National Archives microfilm is included. Price: $8.25