In every season, The St. Joseph Museums offers exciting community events for diverse interests and ages. From Mah Jongg at the Mansion to fall Mystery Parties and international tours, mark your calendar and become a member to take part in all we have to offer.
Upcoming Events and Temporary Exhibits
April through October – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street – You don’t have to travel a great distance to get a taste of European architecture. The German-inspired 1879 Wyeth-Tootle Mansion in St. Joseph, Missouri, provides an accessible (and unforgettable) educational experience.
Not only does the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion celebrate Gothic architecture and Victorian-era interior design, it also houses exhibits that explore early local enterprises, cultural history, and even natural disasters that have shaped our region’s history. Each of the three floors of the ornate1879 mansion is dedicated to one or more historical exhibits, including Confluence: The Great Flood of 1993. This exhibit is a permanent fixture for the Mansion that addresses the flood’s physical, economic, and social effects on St. Joseph and the surrounding area.
Featured Exhibit at the Mansion, 1100 Charles St. – Fame & Politics: The Life of Ruth Warrick
In films, St. Joseph, Missouri, born actress Ruth Warrick will indelibly be referred to as the first “Mrs. Citizen Kane.” As a television actress, she will forever be synonymous with her character of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the wealthy, viper-tongued, manipulative, and often meddlesome Pine Valley grande dame who held court for 35 years. But she was more than that. Ruth Warrick led an amazing life. The story of her career, philanthropy, and political activism is told in this new temporary exhibit. Funding for the Fame & Politics: The Life of Ruth Warrick exhibit was provided by the Missouri Humanities Council.
The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from April 6 through October, 2018.
The regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students ages 7 to 18. Children six and under, as well as Museum Members are admitted free of charge. Group tours of the mansion are available by appointment year-round. In addition to tours, the mansion can also serve as a special event or meeting venue. For additional information on exhibits or to schedule a group tour or an event, please call (816) 232-8471 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Exhibit at the Black Archives Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave. – Images from the Mary Everhard Photographic Collection
Mary Ellen Everhard owned and operated a photo studio in Leavenworth, Kansas, from 1922 to 1968. She was a gifted studio photographer and a photography archivist. She had the vision to acquire and preserve thousands of negatives taken by four photographers who recorded images of Leavenworth County people and places. The Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph has selected 15 images of African Americans that are part of the collection. The Black Archives Museum was able to obtain the images of African Americans from the Mary Everhard photograph collection and prepare them for exhibition though a grant from the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Museum Hours: Monday—Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. & Sunday 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
July 3 through Sept. 2, 2018 – Over There: Missouri and the Great War Temporary Exhibit Opens at the East Hills Mall
The Over There: Missouri and the Great War temporary exhibit is located by the information desk at the East Hills Mall, 3702 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64506. This traveling exhibit explores the many facets of World War I history through the perspective of Missouri and Missourians. Learn about the contributions of Missouri women and African Americans to the war effort. Discover the vital role Missouri horses and mules played in the war despite the military adopting new technologies such as motorized vehicles. The exhibit also features two touch-screen kiosks, where visitors can explore more content and discover locations of Missouri’s World War I monuments. Visitors will also view a new seven-minute documentary featuring footage from the war.
This exhibition was developed by the Missouri Humanities Council and the Springfield-Greene County Library District, with funding provided by the Missouri Humanities Council, Friends of Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the RDW Family and Community Fund. The exhibit will run through September 2, 2018, at the East Hills Mall and will be open to the public during regular Mall hours. Admission is free.
The St. Joseph Museum brought Over There: Missouri and the Great War to St. Joseph to supplement the WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict exhibit featured at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue. Please call the St. Joseph Museum at 816-232-8471 for more information on the exhibits or visit missourioverthere.org.
July 21, 2018 – Coffee & Gingerbread at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 10 a.m. – Stop in, have some coffee, and learn about rewiring old light fixtures! Coffee and Gingerbread at the Mansion will be held at 10 a.m. every third Saturday through October. Admission is free and reservations are not required. For more information on upcoming topics and the Coffee and Gingerbread Swap Meet, visit https://www.facebook.com/stjosephmuseums/.
July 27, 2018 – Robotics Workshop – Two Sessions – St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, 9 to Noon for Kindergarten through 3rd and 1 to 4 p.m. for 4th through 6th grade
These robotics workshops will be led by high school science instructor Rich Piper. The morning session includes making WiggleBots, hands-on demonstrations of robotics, and early childhood coding activities for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The afternoon session will include creating a make-it & take-it robot, as well as building WiggleBots and participating in hands-on simple robotics and intermediate robotics activities. There will also be learning games related to coding provided for students in the afternoon session. The sessions are limited to 25 students. The cost of the workshop is $25 per student and paid reservations and required. To reserve a space, call (816) 232-8471 or mail the registration and payment to the St. Joseph Museum, PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO, 64508. (Printable Flyer Below)
August 9, 2018 – Pictograph -“Battle of the Little Bighorn” – Program by Author & Historian Colonel Rodney Thomas, Held at the Downtown Abbey 1202 Felix Street, St. Joseph, Missouri – 6:00 p.m.
Stephen Standing Bear was present at the battle in 1876. In the 1920s, he illustrated the battlefield as he remembered it in large-scale muslin pictographs, using pencil and ink. One such pictograph is exhibited at the St. Joseph Museum. For a closer look at the pictographs and the battle they record, join us as historian and author Colonel Rodney Thomas shares his research into the topic at the Downtown Abbey, 1202 Felix St., at 6 p.m. Thomas’s first book, Rubbing Out Long Hair, about the Indian warrior art and testimony about the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876, was published in 2009 and awarded the 2010 G. Joseph Sills Jr. Book Award by the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association. The event will include the program, hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to view the pictograph from the St. Joseph Museum collection. For more information, call the St. Joseph Museum at 816-232-8471. Admission: Free for Museum Members; $10 per person for non-members and each guest will receive a free pass to the St. Joseph Museum
August 18, 2018 Coffee & Gingerbread at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 10 a.m. – Stop in, have some coffee, and learn about stripping wood and metal in your home! For more information on upcoming topics and the Coffee and Gingerbread Swap Meet, visit https://www.facebook.com/stjosephmuseums/.
August 24 – 25, 2018 – Explore St. Louis, Missouri, and Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds, The St. Joseph Museum Summer Trip! – Sold Out!
September 9, 2018 The American Girl® Doll Club – The club meets at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. The featured doll for the September meeting will be Felicity Merriman. The cost of each session is $8 per child or $6 for museum members, which includes the program, craft session, and snack. Reservations are required. To register for the American Girl® Doll Club please contact Sarah Elder at 816.232.8471, ext. 19 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
September 15, 2018 Coffee & Gingerbread at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 10 a.m. – Stop in, have some coffee, and learn about where to find the perfect piece for your home. Coffee and Gingerbread at the Mansion is held at 10 a.m. every third Saturday through October. Admission is free and reservations are not required. For more information on upcoming topics and the Coffee and Gingerbread Swap Meet, visit https://www.facebook.com/stjosephmuseums/.
Do You Dare to Spend the Night in a Museum?
Bring Your Sleeping Bag or Air Mattress to the Glore Psychiatric Museum
Event to include Guided Tour, Dinner, Movie, Snacks, a Paranormal Investigation led by A.P.E. X. Paranormal, and Breakfast!
October 6, 2018— If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like in a museum after hours, this fall you can find out! Join an exclusive club of overnight visitors for the opportunity to experience the Glore Psychiatric Museum during the “Spend the Night at the Museum” event. The event will be held on Saturday, October 6 at the Museum, which is located at 3406 Frederick Avenue, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Participants will learn in-depth about the Glore Psychiatric Museum and its beginnings from the museum staff, tour the tunnels, learn about the history of asylums, and participate in a paranormal investigation led by A.P.E.X Paranormal. Participants will have time to explore on their own and choose a place to sack out for the night. Guests are asked to bring their own sleeping bag or air mattress. The Museum will provide dinner, movie entertainment, snacks, and breakfast the following morning.
“What was known as ‘State Lunatic Asylum No. 2’ when it opened in 1874 has a fascinating history. The Glore Psychiatric Museum, located on the grounds of the former hospital, has hosted overnight visitors a few times now and it is always an amazing experience for the guests and our staff. We look forward to sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience with 30 adventurous people. We are already busy planning an educational and entertaining experience for our brave guests,” said St. Joseph Museums Executive Director Sara Wilson.
The space is limited to 30 guests who must be at least 18 years of age. The cost is $125 per person, which includes the guided tour, dinner, movie, snacks, paranormal investigation, the overnight stay, and breakfast. Paid reservations are required. Please call (816) 232-8471 to reserve your space or stop by the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, to purchase tickets. To purchase tickets by mail, send your payment to the St. Joseph Museum, PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO, 64508.
Oct. 18 & 19, 2018 “Voices from the Past: Interpretive Tours of Mount Mora Cemetery” – Join in the amazing stories of Old Joe’s St. Joe One Hundred Seventy-Five Years Ago! (Tours Begin at the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau, 911 Frederick Avenue)
Experience the unique architecture in Mount Mora Cemetery and hear intriguing stories from St. Joseph’s past as you “meet” some of the city’s most fascinating former residents. This year the stories will relate to the St. Joseph as it was in Old Joe’s St. Joe One Hundred Seventy-Five Years Ago! Tours take place on Thursday, October 18, at 6 and 7 p.m. beginning at the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau on 911 Frederick Avenue. On Friday, October 19, tours will begin at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau. After “meeting” the first characters of the evening and enjoying refreshments at the CVB, participants will board the bus for Mount Mora Cemetery. The cost of the tour is $20 for museum members and $22 for non-members. Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. Please call the St. Joseph Museum at 816-232-8471 to make reservations and purchase your tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the St. Joseph Museum, which is located at 3406 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, Missouri.
Please call 816-232-8471 for more information on St. Joseph Museums exhibits, trips, and events.
Spring Annual Events
April 11, 2018 – Annual Volunteer Luncheon – The St. Joseph Museums will recognize Museum volunteers with a luncheon in their honor.
May 22, 2018 – Mah Jongg Party at the Mansion – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. The museum will host the tenth annual Mah Jongg Party at the Mansion. We invite your group to join us for a Mah Jongg Party in a beautiful mansion. The afternoon will include a buffet lunch, plenty of time to play Mah Jongg, boutique shopping, party favors, and door prizes. Pre-paid reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling the St. Joseph Museum at 816-232-8471. Bring your Mah Jongg set and join the fun! Admission: $25 per person, $100 per table.
Summer Annual Events
June 1, 2018 – Rush for the Gold Patron’s Party – Hayseed Ball at the American Business & Technology University, (formerly the Wyeth Estate) 2300 Frederick Avenue – Join us for a western style dinner with ribs and brisket by the Gas House Gang as we reenact the 1921 Hayseed Ball with live music, square dancing demonstrations, and much more!
$75 per person – Paid reservations required. Please call the St. Joseph Museum at 816-232-8471 to make a reservation.
National and International Trips
Each year the St. Joseph Museum welcomes guests to come with them on trips where they explore the natural and cultural history (as well as wonderful regional cuisine) of Midwestern cities and cities around the world. Previous U.S. trips have included trips to Abraham Lincoln sites in Springfield, IL; Civil War battlefield sites in southwestern Missouri; and the Kansas Flint Hills prairie. Trips outside the country rotate between Italy, Greece, and Israel.
About Voices from the Past- Interpretive Tours of Mount Mora Cemetery; Each October Experience the unique architecture in Mount Mora Cemetery and hear intriguing stories from St. Joseph’s past as you “meet” some of the city’s most fascinating former residents and maybe even a few “visitors.” The theme for 2018 will be “Voices of the Past Celebrates its Connection to St. Joseph’s 175th Anniversary.” Tours will begin at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 and at 6:00 7:00, and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19. Tours will begin at the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau in downtown St. Joseph. After “meeting” the first character of the evening and enjoying refreshments, participants will board the bus for Mount Mora Cemetery. Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. Tickets go on sale on July 1 and can be purchased at the Museum, which is located at 3406 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, Missouri. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 816-232-8471.
The American Girl® Doll Club
Each month children will learn about a different character, her time period, lifestyle, hobbies, and games she might play. Children will get to craft something related to that American Girl to take home with them. The admission cost includes the program, craft session, and a snack. Reservations are required. Meets 2nd Sunday of the month at The St. Josep