Community and Annual Events

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.

View image gallery here of Community and Annual Events. Interested in renting the St. Joseph Museum or the Wyeth Tootle Mansion for your next event? View rental information here.

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 1 through October 29, 2016. 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

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.

January through April – The Secret Project Temporary Exhibit at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – The Secret Project is an ongoing collection of artwork inspired by secrets shared from around the world via social media, e-mail, and in person.  To honor the “Secret Keepers” and their stories, artist Cristin Stevenson used repurposed materials to transform the anonymous secrets into mixed-media artworks.   Visitors also have the opportunity to share their secrets anonymously in the exhibit area.                       

February 23, 2017 – Black Archives Hall of Fame Induction, Black Archives Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, 5 to 7 p.m. – Induction at 5:30 p.m.  – Two new inductees will be added to the Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame, which showcases the achievements of St. Joseph’s black community.  This year, Sheila and Kenzie Gilbert will be honored.  The pair created the Food-For-Kids summer outreach ministry in St. Joseph in 2007.  The program has grown steadily and now provides 150 lunches per day during the summer months.  Admission:  Free                  

March 12, 2017  – 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 March will a St. Joseph Museum doll named Miss Hyogo.  Miss Hyogo is one of the 58 Japanese Friendship Dolls given by Japanese children to American children.  The gifts were given in response to over 12,000 American Blue-eyed Dolls sent to Japan in early 1927.  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       

March 16, 2017 – Blue Eyed Doll – Program by the Author – Doll Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – 6 p.m. – When the 12,739 American Friendship Dolls arrived in Japan in 1927, they made a profound impression on Japanese children. Dr. Sidney L. Gulick had proposed sending them to promote peace and goodwill between the two countries during a time of escalating tensions.  In exchange, 2.6 million Japanese children contributed one sen (about a half penny) each to create Japanese Friendship Dolls to send to American children.  One such doll, Miss Hyogo, is on exhibit at the St. Joseph Museum where she has long been both a visitor and staff favorite. Unfortunately, most of the American blue-eyed dolls in Japan were destroyed or lost during World War II.  However, in the 1970s,
a search was begun for these dolls, and it was found that many teachers had hidden the dolls and several have since been found.  To tell the story of this unusual exchange, author Deanna Klingel has written a historical fiction book called Blue-Eyed Doll.  She will present a program on the friendship dolls and her book on March 16 at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, at 6 p.m.  Copies of the book will be available, and the author will sign them on request.  Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Director Tours


MARCH 24 & APRIL 28, 2017

Tours to include a farm-to-table lunch at the AKMA

 The St. Joseph Museums, Inc., and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art have joined together to provide a “Director Tours” package for the public.  The tours will be held on Friday, March 24 and Friday, April 28, 2017.  They will begin at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, in St. Joseph, Missouri, at 10 a.m. on both dates.  The morning tour will be led by St. Joseph Museums Director Sara Wilson.  Then tour participants will have lunch at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, 2818 Frederick Avenue, and enjoy a tour of the museum led by AKMA Director Dr. Brett Knappe.

The St. Joseph Museums, Inc., guided tour will include the Black Archives Museum, the Doll Museum, the Harry L. George American Indian collection of the St. Joseph Museum, and the Glore Psychiatric Museum.  The Black Archives Museum showcases the story of African American life in St. Joseph and Buchanan County in such areas as education, music, the Civil War, and the local impact of the Civil Rights era.  The exploration will continue into the world of dolls in the Doll Museum, which houses dolls from many cultures dating from the 1840s to the present day.  In the St. Joseph Museum exhibit area guests will visit “Lines & Legacies – The Harry L. George Collection,” which is one of the largest collections of American Indian items in Missouri.  In the History Gallery of the St. Joseph Museums guests will tour “World War I St. Joseph – Reflections on Conflict & Community.”

Lunch will be served for tour participants at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, which will provide a fresh, farm-to-table lunch before guests join Dr. Knappe for the afternoon tour.  The AKMA Café’s chef, Jason Thomas is known for his unique, made from scratch menu items that are guaranteed to please. Tour participants can choose from homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, or entrees that are as unique as the beautiful surroundings of the dining area at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art.

After lunch, guests will enjoy a guided tour of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, which has one of the finest collections of 18th- through 21st century American art in the Midwest region.  The historic home provides a perfect backdrop for works by Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, and Edward Hopper.  Participants will also be able to tour the temporary exhibit areas during their visit.

The “Director Tours” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 24 and April 28.  Space is limited and reservations are required.  The cost is $35 per person, which includes guided tours at the St. Joseph Museum and the AKMA and lunch in the AKMA Café.   For more information or to make a reservation, please call 816-233-7003 or visit






Spring Annual Events

April 12, 2017 – Annual Volunteer Luncheon – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street – The St. Joseph Museums will recognize Museum volunteers with a luncheon in their honor. By Invitation.

May 25, 2017 – Mah Jongg Party at the Mansion – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. The museum will host the sixth 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, 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 2, 2017 – Rush for the Gold Patron’s Party – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street – 6 p.m. – You and your friends are invited to a western style dinner with music, drinks, and a silent auction.  Reservations are required.  Admission:  $75 per person


National and International Trips

Lloyd Walker and Robert Caldwell take a ride on a camel

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.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbout 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 a couple of “visitors.” The theme for 2017 will be “Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief, Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, Chief.”  Tours will begin at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 and at 6:00 7:00, and 8:00 p.m. on October 20.  Tours begin at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, on 1100 Charles Street, in St. Joseph.  After “meeting” the first character of the evening and enjoying refreshments, participants 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.


Year Round

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. Joseph Museum.