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Have you caught the Museum's star turn in the new KCP&L ad highlighting beautiful lightscapes in the KC area? OK, it's a brief cameo, but our barrel ceiling and Count Edmund de Szaak paintings at each end look incredible. The de Szaak paintings are copies of familiar Millet paintings, of course, but since the artist painted them in the former Clay County State Bank in 1919, we consider them local treasures. And they've never been shown off more beautifully, thanks to the Ameren grant we received last year to replace all 112 bulbs (and all the rest of the bulbs in the Museum) with energy-efficient LED lighting. This local treasure is one of the best-kept secrets in our community. Be sure to visit soon to appreciate them in person. ... See MoreSee Less

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Attention Sisk Descendants and Relations! Around 1851, three Sisk brothers -- Allen, Bartlett and Lawson -- left their father Lawson Sisk and grandfather Bartlett Sisk in Tennessee to build a new life for their families in Missouri. They and generations of Sisk descendants made their mark on Fishing River Township and eventually helped lead the growth of Excelsior Springs. We're working on the next "Founding Family" exhibit now. If you have photos or artifacts that would help us tell the story of the Sisks (or can help identify photos already in the Museum's collections), please visit the Museum Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-4 pm. Stayed tuned for news of the opening reception! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Museum will be closed this Saturday so that our volunteers may enjoy the long Labor Day weekend with their families. We'll reopen Tuesday as usual at 11 a.m. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow! Can you believe this beautiful "Whimsical Christmas" basket, filled to the brim with fun items! It's on display now at the Museum (check out our new "Back to School" display in the Francis windows, too!). Raffle begins Monday at Card & Game Day and will continue through the Annual Dinner, when the winning ticket will be drawn. You won't need to be present to win, but we'd sure love to have you come and support us at our Annual Dinner on Nov. 7! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives

Missouri trails, 1922 version.#OnThisDay in 1921, to commemorate Missouri’s first 100 years of statehood, Gov. Arthur M. Hyde signed the Centennial Road Law during a special legislative session, creating the first bipartisan State Highway Commission. The measure empowered the commission to locate, design, construct and maintain a statewide public highway system, the basis of which we still use today.

Pictured is a route map from the Missouri State Highway Commission’s 1922 Annual Report.
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