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 email@example.com.
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.
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/.
September 22, 2018 – Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day –All St. Joseph Museums at 3406 Frederick Avenue will participate in the annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. Museum Day is a day when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors. A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties. Admission will be free to the public during the regular St. Joseph Museum hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the Museums will be given at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m.
September 22, 2018 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Docents will be available as guests explore the 1879 Mansion and the exhibits on St. Joseph history. Admission will be free to the public during the regular Wyeth-Tootle Mansion hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 22, 2018 – Trivia Night! Hosted by the Black Archives Museum – Held at the Pony Express Museum Community Room – 914 Penn Street at 6:30 to 9 p.m. – $10 per person, up to 10 members per team.
The event will include raffle prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and participants are welcome to bring snacks. Advance tickets are available at the Black Archives Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, or call 816-232-8471.
September 23, 2018 – ArchKIDtecture Club at the Mansion – Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 1100 Charles Street, 2 to 4 p.m.
The ArchKIDtecture Club for children is held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. Club participants explore architecture through a variety of activities with the assistance of area architects. In September club participants will look at how structures stand given their weight and learn about basic shapes, historic forms, post-lintel, arch, pyramid, dome, flying buttresses, and building materials. Activities to include architecture walk, acting out structures, building with sticks and candy, and drawing. All materials and snacks are provided. The fee is $6 for museum members and $8 for non-members. To register please contact Sarah Elder at 816-232-8471, ext. 19 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 2, 2018 Greece and the Greek Islands – Program – St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue – 6 p.m.
Dr. Jimmy Albright, archaeologist and professor at MWSU, shares his experiences and images from many years of exploring the beautiful, enchanting land of Greece and the Greek Isles. He will be showing ancient artifacts from Greece and the Mediterranean area. The digital presentation will feature images of the archaeological ruins of the Greeks who produced magnificent monuments, stately temples, and superbly designed cities. It will include images of the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Patmos. Handouts on Greece and information on a group trip he will be leading from May 22 to June 2, 2019, will be available. Admission is free!
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, p.m. (8 p.m. is sold out.) The tours will begin at the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau, 911 Frederick Avenue. 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