The Families of Moniteau County
Originally published May 8, 2013 at 6 a.m., updated May 7, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.
The history of a county is written in its people. The photo display Our Family reminds us of the citizens who came before us and began to set the tempo of Moniteau County culture. The display states "Moniteau County's history is not of battles or heroes. Our distinction lies in the common people; hardworking, law abiding. independent, conservative folks of strong faith, who make good neighbors." One way of describing friends, neighbors and relatives is with pictures. These photos give us a glimpse of the people who made up the culture of this county. Snapshots can record our history.
The historical society has over 2,000 photos. Some are photos of buildings. One section has hundreds of photos of agricultural activities. Many of the archive photos are portraits of people with many made by professional photographers. Occasionally the subject's name was recorded on the back, however many photos have no identification. Near the display is a numbered list of identified people. There are several blank spots. If a museum visitor can identify a photo the society would like them to write the person's name on this list by the number of the photo. Many people have been identified. When the photo archive organization is completed a visitor may ask for a copy of a photograph and one will be printed for them.
Photo scrapbooks are wanted. If a family has a scrapbook containing photographs and wants to dispose of it the society would like to have it donated to the photo archive. If a person wishes to keep the photos the society would like to copy it. Photos are acceptable even if the people, building or event are unknown. The name of the person shown should be recorded on the photograph. Sometimes the buildings in the background contains important information.
Next week the display of the Settlement of Moniteau County will be featured.
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