Warren County’s history Museum, genealogy resource, and Research Library
We’re on a mission to preserve and understand history vital to Warren County, Missouri
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What’s the value in preserving old houses and buildings?
Historic preservation matters because it influences how we feel, think, say, and do in our communities and lives. Here’s how.
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What’s best for the long-term prospects of your genealogy research: digital or print? We think both have value. See how, here.
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Curated collections spanning 200 years of Warren County history
Thousands of artifacts, beautiful gardens, and one-of-a-kind photos. Get a glimpse into life around Warren County past, present, and future.
Thousands of artifacts to explore
The history of Warren County, Missouri runs as rich and deep as the farmland soil that graces much of our county.
From Daniel Boone’s family settlement on the Missouri River in the Southern part of our county to the establishment of historic German Central Wesleyan College and related orphanage for the children of the Civil in Warrenton in the late 1860’s.
We are blessed with some of the most interesting and inspiring stories America has to tell.
Here because of the gracious support of donors like you
We’re also blessed with one of the very best history Museums, libraries and archives offered by communities of our size and larger. Formed in 1970, the Warren County Historical Society’s corps of dedicated volunteers have made preserving our history a priority through the collection and housing of artifacts, documents and family stories housed in a state-of-the-art Museum built through the generation donations of hometown people.
Some went on to achieve great things on a world stage; others lived and worked their whole lives here and generously donated funds from their estates so that the history of our area could continue to be told for generations to come. These contributions and the facility built largely from them are a testament to the specialness of our beloved community and its history.
Take a tour beyond the Museum to the Schowengerdt House
In addition to the Museum and its collections, another jewel is the historic Schowengerdt House, which is on the Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. The Schowengerdt family bequeathed the Victorian home and gardens to the historical society, and we enjoy sharing it with our community whenever possible.
The home was built along the historical Boone’s Lick Trail that took many through our area during the Westward Expansion until it met up with the Santa Fe Trail farther west.
Popular items in the Museum Shop
Schowengerdt House Tree Ornament$20.00
Big Boy’s Restaurant$5.15
St. Ignatius Church Word Carving$10.30
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church$10.30
Big Boys Restaurant$10.30
A visit well worth your time
If you live here or have lived here earlier, have or have had relatives from our community, a visit here is well worth your time. Our community is honored to have a best-in-class physical facility and now to have information online through a best-in-class website.
While you’re here, make time for all the beautiful trails, state parks, national forests, and more natural wonders in southeast Missouri.