St. Clair Historical Society Museum in Osceola
St. Clair County Courier, 16 September 2005
St. Clair Courier, 29 April 2005:
Owned and operated by members of the St. Clair County Historical Society, the St. Clair County Museum will open for the summer season on Saturday, April 30. Located at 225 Market St. in Osceola, one block south of the square, the hours will be Wednesdays 8 to 11 a.m., Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge. However, donations are appreciated.
As you enter the museum you will sign in at a desk that once was in the Toalson office and the Morrow store. Step into another room to see the Doc Ruth Seevers exhibit and the extensive miniature basket collection of Dorothy Fulton. The Fulton’s operated the Bus Stop Café. The Post boxes and window of the Vista Post Office and a U.S. Postage Stamp collection or the old pump organ from the one room Kelly School along with memorabilia may spark some nostalgic memories.
We have many pictures, some that you may help us to identify. Wlak back into time to when the dam was here and the spoonbill was king. See an aerial view of Osceola and the old jail.
The artifacts that we have on display have been acquired in two ways. First, as a donation and when on display the item is credited to the donor. Second, we have a loan policy where we will accept items to be displayed for a period for time, with an agreement to return the item to the owner when requested to do so. As a beginning museum, we need the addition of these items to complete displays of our county history.
In addition to the museum area, we have a genealogy and history room with a growing file of St. Clair County family histories.
The Historical Society is proud to provide this museum, dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of St. Clair County. Do come and share a little history with us.
St. Clair Courier, 29 April 2005:
Historical Society News
The big news is that the museum opens for the summer on April 30. It will be open 8 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Many volunteers have been hard at work getting ready for opening day.
The museum will be staffed by volunteers, so please sign up to take a day and museum sit. A walk through training session will be held on April 30 and May 1 during open hours. A museum tour booklet is being prepared to assist those volunteers.
St. Clair County Courier, 21 October 2005:
Our museum is closed for the winter season. We will open again in late April. Meanwhile, the building will be open, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday mornings until Nov. 2. As we do not heat the building in the winter, only occasionally or by appointment will we be open.
We still continue to accept items for the museum or library that are related to the history of our county. Items are accepted by agreement of ownership or on temporary loan. If you would like to consider placing some item with us, you can contact our curator at 417-644-2913.
Wanda Alexander, HS Treasurer, 5 April 2006:
The museum will open on Saturday, April 29, 2006. A rural school display will be the opening feature.
Hours will be Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., or call for an appointment.
Museum will close for the winter on Saturday, September 30, 2006 and will be open by appointment only.