BRINGING VOICES OF HISTORY TO LIFE

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Our vision is to create an amazing regional history museum and expanded educational destination for Springfield and its visitors. Located on Route 66, our historic Park Central Square buildings will be restored to preserve the rich history of our city. The expanded museum space will allow guests to explore the past using interactive learning features, and our staff will be able to preserve and exhibit more of our fine archival and artifact collections.

RESTORING THE PAST
The History Museum on the Square is dedicated to revitalizing and preserving the great history of the Springfield, MO community. We are restoring our buildings to bring the past, present and future together in a dynamic cultural and historical experience- telling the stories that illuminate our past.
WELCOME CENTER
Step into our front door and find yourself immersed in history. From our touchscreen table featuring Springfield then and now to our gallery introductory videos featured on large screens, our Welcome Center provides interactive experiences as you begin your visit.
SIX MAIN GALLERIES
History Museum on the Square will feature six main galleries highlighting the rich history of Springfield using innovative technologies and traditional approaches to engage visitors.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
History Museum on the Square offers guided tours, step-up bus tours, Calaboose/Police Museum tours, and our Traveling Trunk Program.

GALLERIES

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Our six permanent galleries tell the stories of significant events in Springfield and create distinct and intentional dialogues about objects, individuals, and history– dialogues that will foster examinations of unique aspects of Springfield, Greene County and its people. A rich and vast collection of artifacts, photographs, and the “voices of history” are combined using innovative technologies.

EDUCATIONAL TRUNK SHOWS

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The History Museum on the Square’s Traveling Trunk Program provides local students and community groups an opportunity to experience Springfield and Greene County history through hands-on artifacts and reproductions, primary source material, and other learning aids. This program can be presented by the teacher renting the trunk or scheduled with a designated volunteer from the History Museum on the Square.

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 These programs are presented in a “show and tell” format with items passed among participants or set out for a hands-on “pass by”. Specific points of Springfield and Greene County history are interspersed with a general social or cultural history of the time and are interpreted with the help of reproduction photographs and objects, and actual artifacts (may include clothing, household items, school items, toys, etc.), maps and primary source material are available. All of these aids help the interpreter make history “come alive” for the participants. Staff will consult with the teacher or group leader to customize the presentation.

Presentations generally last 45-60 minutes. Occasionally, two presentations at the same site may be scheduled back-to-back when space for a large group is not available. Groups are requested to give two weeks advance notice when scheduling a trunk presentation. If a designated volunteer from the History Museum on the Square is not presenting the program, the individual renting the trunk is responsible for transportation of the trunk to and from the presentation site.

For more information or to schedule a Traveling Trunk Program, please contact Katy at katy@historymuseumonthesquare.org or 417-831-1976.

Interested in bringing a trunk show to your classroom?
BIRTHPLACE OF ROUTE 66

Memories of the Mother Road

July 24 – March 10 

Travel back in time on the iconic highway and learn about the places that put Springfield, the birthplace of Route 66, on the map. View gas pumps and neon signs and hear the music that will make you remember the original hamburger drive-ins on the Mother Road.
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OUR BLOG

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VISIT THE FOX THEATRE

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During construction, the History Museum on the Square is temporarily housed at the historic Fox Theatre, located at 157 Park Central Square. Stop by to explore the 1,100 seat theater and our current exhibit, Memories of the Mother Road – Birthplace of Route 66.

HOURS

Monday – Saturday: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Sunday: Closed

ADMISSION

Adults: $5

Children (3 – 12): $3

Members: FREE

PARKING

There a several free parking options in walking distance from the Fox Theatre. The closest free parking option is located at the corner of Olive St. and Boonville Ave.

PHOTO ARCHIVES

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Browse through hundreds of historic photos of Springfield, Missouri and its surrounding areas.

CONTACT US

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OUR TEAM

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

John Sellars

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Krista Adams

CURATOR

Joan Hampton-Porter

ARCHIVIST

Lindsey Young

OFFICE MANAGER

Katy Rawlins