Moniteau County Historical Society Museum

— By Richard Schroeder

Museum Chairman

Welcome to the Hall of History. This will introduce you to a series of articles about the Moniteau County Historical Society's museum located in the Cultural Heritage Center on High Street.

Each week will feature a display and the county history that relates to it. As you enter the museum lobby you are seeing the restored features of the 1902 Post Office. It served as a post office until the new post office across the street was built in 1937. The lobby floor, ceiling and fan are all original. The wall was recreated as it was in 1902. This wall held the rental boxes for personal mail. There was no city delivery and residents had to come to the post office to pick up their mail. A mural depicts events in the east, west and central sections of the county. A rug weaving loom is located here and is demonstrated during some functions. The durable traditionally woven rugs are available for sale. The large set of elk antlers are from the Heck Saddlery and a sign tells the story of how the antlers may have ended up here. The famous 1804 - 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition touched what would later become Moniteau County. Accurate models of the boats the Corps of Discovery used are displayed in this lobby. All the displays in the museum relate to Moniteau County. Next week the Natural History of Moniteau County will be featured.

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