Our vision is to create an amazing regional history museum and expanded educational destination for Springfield and its visitors. Located on historic 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.
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.
This exhibit tells the stories of local heroes who fought and died in the “war to end all wars” and their loved ones back on the home front. Using one-hundred-year-old film from United States Army Signal Corps, items from the History Museum on the Square’s collection, loaned items from private collections and Goad-Ballinger American Legion post, and a trench installation, we tell the stories of 1917 to 1918 wartime in great detail.
Visitors will see stories about Croix de Guerre recipient Myrl Billings and many others who left Springfield and Greene County to fight on the fields of France.
Veterans receive free admission, thanks to our presenting sponsors Phenix Marble Company and Conco Companies. Signature sponsors are Henry’s Towing, Eric and Kristi Fulnecky in honor of Jerry Fulnecky, US Army WWII and Oliver’s Custom Picture Framing.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-831-1976.
FEBRUARY 13 – JULY 08
This exhibit tells the stories of local heroes who fought and died in the “war to end all wars” and their loved ones back on the home front.
During Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ one-day online fundraising event, we will be raising money to restore our beloved George Kieffer murals in the historic Fox Theatre.
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, From Home to Over There: Greene County in the Great War.
Browse through hundreds of historic photos of Springfield, Missouri and its surrounding areas.
Be a part of the story of the History Museum On The Square by financially supporting our vision. All contributions made go directly to the museum’s development and preservation of history in our community. History Museum on the Square is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.