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 1 through October 21, 2017. 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.
August 1 to October 17 – Lunar Sample 70035,41 (021) (Moon Rock) Exhibit – St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – An Apollo 17 lunar sample collected by Astronaut Harrison Schmitt near the landing site in the Taurus-Littrow Valley region of the moon will be on exhibit at the St. Joseph Museum for three months. This lunar sample weights 118.062 grams. It is a fragment of the original rock, which weighed 5,765 grams. The sample is a mare basalt. The rock, like all basalts, is very old, about 3,750,000,000 years, older than 99, 99% of all surface rocks. Scientific research is being conducted on the balance of the sample on exhibit, which is on loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The exhibit is made possible by VekTek LLC, the global leader in precision hydraulic clamping, which is located in St. Joseph. St. Joseph Museum Trustee and VekTek Marketing Director Tanner Mayhew flew to Houston, Texas, to bring the Moon Rock safely to St. Joseph. The United States is the only country to have landed a man on the Moon. There were six successful manned lunar landings from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 to Apollo 17 in 1972.
“Moon and Madness” Temporary Exhibit at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – Does the full moon really cause people to act strangely? The Glore Psychiatric Museum temporary exhibit “The Moon and Madness” addresses that question. This immersive exhibit encourages visitors to imagine taking a trip to the moon and explores whether the Moon affects human behavior. Children and adults will learn about the solar system, phases of the moon, and how solar eclipses occur.
October 8, 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. Children learn about a different character, her time period, lifestyle, hobbies, and favorite activities. They make crafts related to an American Girl® Doll to take home. The featured doll for October will be Rebecca Rubin with immigration and WWI as the focus. 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.
Oct. 14, 2017 – Mummies & Mobsters Trip – Starting from the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – 2 p.m. to approximately 10:30 p.m. – The trip is filled.
Oct. 19 & 20, 2017 – Voices from the Past: Interpretive Tours of Mount Mora Cemetery – Tours begin at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion with tour times are 6 and 7 p.m. on October 19 & tours at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on October 20 – 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 theme for the tales is Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief, Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, Chief. Tours will begin at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, on 1100 Charles Street, where you will meet the first character of the evening and enjoy fall refreshments. Then it is on to the bus for a brief ride to “the prettiest City of the Dead” Mount Mora Cemetery. The cost of the tours 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 Museum, which is located at 3406 Frederick Avenue. Tickets are still available for 6 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, and for 6 p.m. on Friday, October 20.
November 4, 2017 – Spend the Night at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – 3:00 p.m. to after breakfast – Here is your opportunity to experience the Glore Psychiatric Museum as part of an exclusive group of overnight guests. Take a staff escorted tour of the museum and tunnel, have dinner, participate in a paranormal investigation led by A.P.E.X. Paranormal, enjoy a movie, and stay for breakfast. Space is limited to 30 guests. Admission: 125 per person, which includes dinner, a movie, overnight stay, and breakfast. Must be 18 years of age or older. Bring your sleeping bag or air mattress! Payment is due at the time of registration and please share any dietary restrictions you may have when you reserve your space. Call 816-232-8471 or 800-530-8866 to make your reservations. To pay by check, the mailing address is St. Joseph Museum, PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO, 64508.
November 12, 2017 – The American Girl® Doll Club – Meet the inspiration for the new American Girl® Doll Nanea Mitchell. Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson was born in Hawaii to a Hawaiian mother and Caucasian father. As civilians, they were living in Pearl Harbor at the time it was attacked. She will speak at 2 p.m. and the public is invited to hear her free of charge. The club meets at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. Children learn about a different character, her time period, lifestyle, hobbies, and favorite activities. They make crafts related to an American Girl® Doll to take home. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 28, 2017 – Architecture Workshop for Kids – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The workshop will be held at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street. It will be led by architects Sara Markt and Max Guenther. There will be a pizza lunch for workshop participants. Reservations are required and the cost is $25 per student. To register, please call (816) 232-8471.
Please call 816-232-8471 or 800-530-8866 for more information on St. Joseph Museums exhibits and events.
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 23, 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 ninth 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 – Purcell’s Deer Run, 9803 SE State Route T, Easton, Missouri, 64443 – 6 p.m. – You and your friends are invited to a western style dinner with a hog roast and all the trimmings, music, drinks, and a silent auction. Reservations are required. Admission: $75 per person
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 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.
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.