Arts & History

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WARRENSBURG ARTS COMMISSION

The City of Warrensburg established the Warrensburg Arts Commission to oversee programs related to public awareness of, accessibility to, participation in and support for arts and cultural activities in the City of Warrensburg. Visit them online for information about arts news and events in Warrensburg!

CENTER STAGE ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

Want to get your child – or yourself – involved in the performing arts? Center Stage fosters talent and fun for all ages, providing both training and public performances.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI-CULTURAL EVENTS

At UCM, you’ll find a plethora of arts events throughout the year; check out the above page for links to all their current programs, or call the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at 660-543-4364 to request a copy of facets, a booklet featuring all of the musical, cultural and artistic events planned at UCM for the year.

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

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JOHNSON COUNTY HISTORIC COMPLEX

The four buildings below make up the Johnson County Historic Complex, on the West side of Warrensburg. This area used to be the town’s center, before the railroad came through.

ORIGINAL JOHNSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE

This historic 1838 courthouse is one of the few remaining exmples of Federal Style architecture west of the Mississippi River, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The stucco-covered brick building was restored to its former beauty during the 1960’s.
The courthouse has been the scene of a pre-Civil War murder, a daring raid for the purpose of stealing/preserving the county records during that “war between hte states” and the “Old Drum Trial” in 1870. During the trial the defense’s closing argument was a moving speech about the dedication and loyalty of dogs; from that speech came the phrase “Man’s best friend is his dog.”

MARY MILLER SMISER HERITAGE LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

This library was built in 1985 to house a collection of materials concerning county history, family geneology and newspapers. The library is staffed by volunteers who organize and catalog documents, photos and articles, and who assist visitors in their research. In the same building are artifacts pertaining to the early development of the county by Missouri pioneers.

CULP BUILDING

A large collection of farm machinery and artifacts concerning the development of farm machinery is housed here. The building also contains artifacts pertaining to grain elevators from all around the county and a general historical view of agrigulture and industry in the county.

ONE ROOM SCHOOL

This building represents a long tradition of rural education in Johnson County. In 1995 the One Room School was moved from Elm, Missouri to the Historical Society grounds to represent and to memorialize all of the teachers and students of one room schools in Johnson County. Built in 1911, the school was originally used as a Subscription High School. Later a second story was removed and elementary students attended this school until 1960.

The Historic Complex is operated by:

JOHNSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

302 N. Main St. (inside the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library)
660-747-6480
Monday-Friday 1-4 PM, other hours by appointment.
Admission: $3, students free

Get In Touch



Office Location: 

200 S. Holden Street

Mailing Address:

102 S. Holden Street

Warrensburg, MO 64093

Phone. 660-262-4611


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"The mission of the Warrensburg Convention and Visitors Bureau is to position Warrensburg and Johnson County, Missouri,as a regional tourism and meeting destination with the vision to foster experiences that exceed visitor expectations."

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