Pop-Up Exhibit

Carnegie Library

South St. Joseph was annexed into St. Joseph in 1899, 119 years ago. Stop by the Carnegie Library to enjoy a pop-up exhibit commemorating Southside history.

Architectural Scavenger Hunt

Available at St. Joseph Public Library Locations

Can you find some of St. Joseph’s historic places? Complete and turn in the scavenger hunt sheet to any St. Joseph Public Library location to be entered for a chance to win a grand prize drawing.



Jewels of St. Joseph Tour

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Jewels of St. Joseph Homes Tour features both private and public buildings designed by some of the most notable St. Joseph architects. The tour is a fundraiser for the Historic St. Joseph Foundation and the proceeds help support preservation efforts in St. Joseph. Tickets are available online at



Trails of St. Joseph

Jackie Lewin

10 a.m. – Downtown Library

Did you know many of the trails of Western expansion began in St. Joseph? Follow the swales across the region with Jackie!

Historic House Styles

Cole Klawuhn

11 a.m. – Downtown Library

Learn about historic House Styles of the St. Joseph Area and how to recognize them, from Greek Revival farm houses to Ranch homes of the suburbs. Cole will also answer questions on how to find the who, what, and when on properties.


Postcards of the Past

Marshall White

3 p.m. – Downtown Library

Join journalist and local historian Marshall White as he shares unique historic images of St. Joseph’s history.


Paper Moon

5:30 p.m. – Downtown Library

Filmed in St. Joseph, this classic movie stars Ryan and Tatum O’Neil playing an odd-couple father and daughter pairing.



Treasures from the Recorder’s Office

Ed Wildberger, Recorder of Deeds

10 a.m. – Downtown Library

Ed will share some of the valuable resources that can be found in the Buchanan County Recorder of Deeds office.


1899 Annexation of South St. Joseph

Dr. Kim Schutte

11 a.m. – Downtown Library

When St. Joseph was founded, the community to the south was not included in the city limits. As the area increased in size and prosperity, the city sought to annex the area of South St. Joseph.


St. Joseph History

Bob Slater

2 p.m. – Downtown Library

Local journalist and storyteller will share his stories and experiences spanning the length of St. Joseph’s history.


Urban Renewal

Lauren Manning

3 p.m. – Downtown Library

Lauren is a Historic Preservation Consultant for the city of St. Joseph. Take a look back at Urban Renewal and the events leading up to, and following a project that changed St. Joseph’s historic landscape.


Downtown Library Tour

6 p.m.

Have you ever wondered about the history of our oldest library branch? Join our Local History Librarian to learn the secrets of this historic building.



Natural History of Blacksnake Hills

Shelly Cox

10 a.m. – Downtown Library

The beaver trade was vital to the founding of St. Joseph. Shelly will cover the area’s natural history beginning with Joseph Robidoux’s trading post, to the beavers’ endangerment, through conservation efforts today.


175th Anniversary

Sarah Elder

2 p.m. – Downtown Library

Officially established on July 26, 1843, St. Joseph is celebrating 175 years as a community this year. Join Sarah as she discusses the unusual and untold stories of St. Joseph’s long history.


Researching Your Historic Home

Pam Cone

3 p.m. – Downtown Library

Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? This program will cover how to find your home’s past, and where to look for sources.



Curating Family Heirlooms

Trevor Tutt

10 a.m. – Downtown Library

The Collections Manager for the St. Joseph Museums will share ideas and methods for creating an exhibit in your home with items passed down through the generations.


History of St. Joseph’s Parks

Julie Noel

11 a.m. – Downtown Library

St. Joseph is home to 48 parks which include approximately 1,500 acres, and the parkway system. Julie will share the history of our historic parks.


African-American Community in St. Joseph, 1920

Dr. Kim Schutte

2 p.m. – Downtown Library

Dr. Schutte has extensively researched, utilizing publicly available records, St. Joseph’s African-American population in the year 1920. She will share her findings and helpful research tips.



Oral History How-to

Jennifer Sanders-Tutt

10 a.m. – Downtown Library

Learn about the St. Joseph Public Library’s Oral History Project, and how to record your own. Jennifer will be giving tips about how to preserve your own oral history for future generations.


Northwest Missouri Genealogy Society

Kelly Alvarado

11 a.m. – Downtown Library

Curious about the resources the NWMGS offers, but not sure where to start? Kelly will be discussing the resources offered by the society, as well as how she has used them in her own genealogical research.


Jeffrey Deroine: Ioway Translator, Frontier Diplomat

Greg Olson

2 p.m. – Downtown Library

Deroine (1806-1859) was a slave who unsuccessfully sued his owner, Joseph Robidoux, for freedom. The Ioway nation bought his freedom so that he could work for them as an interpreter. This job took Deroine to Europe for two years with a delegation of Ioways. Deroine also became one of the few African-Americans to own property in Holt County and in the city of St. Joseph.


Iconography of Mt. Mora Cemetery

Kelly Alvarado

3 p.m. – Downtown Library

Mt. Mora Cemetery is home not only to many famous figures of local history, but also the art that adorns their gravestones. Kelly will explain the meaning of some of the iconography that can be found in Mt. Mora Cemetery.


Local History Trivia

6:30 p.m. – HiHo Bar & Grill

Do you love local history? Do you love trivia? Well now you can combine your passions in the ultimate battle of wits. Doors open at 6:30, trivia begins at 7p.m. $5 at the door. Teams of 6. All proceeds benefit the Historic St. Joseph Foundation and preservation efforts in St. Joseph.



Free Museum Day

Every year for one day only, most museums in St. Joseph offer FREE ADMISSION. This is a chance to get out and learn some of St. Joseph’s local history firsthand.

Participating Museums Include:

St. Joseph Museum

Black Archives Museum

Glore Psychiatric Museum

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion

Pony Express National Museum

Remington Nature Center

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

Robidoux Row

Walter Cronkite Memorial (located on

Missouri Western Campus)


Southside Junction Farmers’ Market

8 a.m. – Noon

The farmers’ market will feature not only local goods, but local historic crafting techniques including twining, leather crafting, and rag wreath tying. There will also be a local history booth featuring the long and rich history of Southside.


Black Archives Museum Trivia Night

6:30 p.m. – Pony Express Museum

Trivia will cover a variety of topics. Teams of up to 10 people. $10 per person. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase, but participants are welcome to bring their own. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Advance registration is recommended, call 232.8471. All proceeds go toward exhibits and programming at the Black Archives Museum.