Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph

Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph The Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph exhibits African American history in St. Joseph.
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Founded in 1991 by Jewell Robinson as the Knea-Von Black Archives, the Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph exhibits the history of the African Americans in St. Joseph. In 2001, the Black Archives Museum became a member museum of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

06/06/2020
The Life and Death of Lloyd Warner

The Life and Death of Lloyd Warner

Part of the monthly local history programming series, History Speaks from the St. Joseph Public Library. In 1933, the justice system failed and a young black...

HAPPY NATIONAL DONUT DAY! (or doughnut if you prefer).Did you know frying biscuit dough is a super easy way to make home...
06/05/2020

HAPPY NATIONAL DONUT DAY! (or doughnut if you prefer).
Did you know frying biscuit dough is a super easy way to make homemade donuts. Look at these cute as heck dough boy and girl from the doll collection! Who else was today years old when they found out that his name is "Poppin Fresh" and he had a girlfriend "Poppie"?!

06/01/2020
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05/29/2020

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May 29,1973: Tom Bradley becomes the first black mayor of Los Angeles in California. He has been the only African American Mayor of Los Angeles, and his 20 years in office mark the longest tenure by any mayor in the city's history; barring any change to the City Charter, no other future mayor of Los Angeles will serve longer than Bradley. His 1973 election made him the second African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Bradley unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California in 1982 and 1986 and was defeated each time by the Republican George Deukmejian. The racial dynamics that appeared to underlie his narrow and unexpected loss in 1982 gave rise to the political term "the Bradley effect." In 1985, he was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. The documentary Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race tells the little known story of the Los Angeles Mayor.

A look back in history for this #ShowMeSaturday May 17, 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decided separate was ...
05/16/2020

A look back in history for this #ShowMeSaturday May 17, 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decided separate was NOT equal. Saint Joseph's Bartlett High School school was the first to integrate in 1954. There was a huge shift in normal that year, much like we are experiencing now. What were some of your favorite, or most memorable times in high school?

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05/10/2020
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Happy Mother's Day to all our momma's out there! Check out this neat hand made book project you and your kids can put together. Link has a downloadable/printable template and step by step instructions and tips to put it together. What a sweet way to spend your Mother's Day.

How about a famous Missourian for #ShowMeSaturday featuring a decanter likeness in our Black Archives Museum. George Was...
05/09/2020

How about a famous Missourian for #ShowMeSaturday featuring a decanter likeness in our Black Archives Museum. George Washington Carver was an American agricultural scientist and inventor. Carver was born into slavery, in Diamond Grove (now Diamond), Newton County, Missouri, sometime in the early or mid 1860s. He promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. He was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century.
While a professor at Tuskegee Institute, Carver developed techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He wanted poor farmers to grow other crops, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes, as a source of their own food and to improve their quality of life. The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained 105 food recipes using peanuts.

See updated opening information below.
05/06/2020

See updated opening information below.

Current COVID-19 updates - The St. Joseph Museum is reopening with limited hours and occupancy. Our new hours are:
3406 Frederick Avenue: Tuesday - Saturday 10a - 4p.
Wyeth-Tootle Mansion: Friday - Saturday 10a - 4p.

Tickets can be pre-purchased online at: https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/hours-and-admission.

Currently we are not accepting cash payments. Occupancy will be limited to 25 visitors at a time at Frederick Ave, and 10 at the Mansion. Visitors should follow proper mask use and social distancing rules set by the city. We are logging visitor contact information should a positive case be reported. We have added signage to assist in these changes. Interactive elements in the museum are temporarily unavailable. Thank you for adapting with us, and helping keep our community safe and healthy.

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04/23/2020

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It is Thankful Thursday and we are proud to honor St. Joseph Museum's Board of Trustee Secretary Gary Wilkinson. Gary is the Chairperson of the Building and Grounds and Black Archives Museum Committees. He helps the museum with research, educational programming, exhibit design, videography, and strategic planning. We are grateful for his time and talents. #ThankfulThursday

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04/08/2020

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Social Clubs have historically been formed around common interests, occupations, or activities. Social Club members benefited by achieving a since of belonging, forming friendship and business bonds, having a group to communicate concerns and needs, access to a support system, and the ability to accomplish unified goals.

This is a photograph, located in the St. Joseph Museum-Archives, of a St Joseph Social Club. The Charlite Social Club was an African American women’s club. This photograph was taken in 1968. The individuals pictured are (starting on the front row, left to right); Lela Davis, Hortense Rucker, Marie Mozee, Vivian Madison, (back row, left to right) Charlotta Williams, Iona Hedge, Mayor Merrifield of St. Joseph, Doris Sanders, and Ann Reed.

An archived newspaper, from the St. Joseph News-Press on December 10, 1967 page 46, describes the installation of officers for the Charlite Social Club. According to this article the new officers were installed by Melvin Brown, the President of the Saint Joseph area Chamber of Commerce. The officers installed in the Charlite Social Club were as follows: Vivian Madison as President, Hortense Rucker as Vice-President, Ann Reed as Secretary, Marie Mozee as Assistant Secretary, Lela Davis as Treasurer, Iona Hedge as Critic, Doris Sanders as Reporter, and Charlotta Williams as Champlain. The installation was attended by St. Joseph Mayor Douglas A. Merrifield, along with friends and family of the newly instated Charlite Social Club officers.

Many members of the Charlite Social Club were active community members. Additionally, the club was often represented in St. Joseph News-Press articles donating to different causes. A few examples that the Charlite Social Club assisted in were; a donation of money for a Children’s Christmas Party, donations to assist needy families, and personal Christmas gifts for children at the Saint Joseph State Hospital.

Have you ever been a member of a Social Club? How did that membership influence your life?

04/03/2020

Did you know you can explore the South building of our Frederick Avenue site through Google maps? We've done some exhibit changes since these photos were taken. Can you spot the differences between what is currently out on display?
https://maps.app.goo.gl/emcxALL9rx46gi7b8

In July, 1917, Dr. Fenton Goodson was the first black doctor from St. Joseph to be called to military service in WWI. He...
03/26/2020

In July, 1917, Dr. Fenton Goodson was the first black doctor from St. Joseph to be called to military service in WWI. He was quickly transferred to Camp Funston, Kansas, due to an outbreak of meningitis which cost four soldiers their lives. Many of the first cases of Spanish Flu originated in Kansas and it quickly spread through military camps and overseas. With the close conditions and poor sanitation practices, diseases like meningitis, the flu, and pneumonia spread rapidly through Camp Funston from 1917-1918. Dr. Goodson was at the forefront of combating these devastating diseases.

online education schedule
03/23/2020

online education schedule

If you caught our first online live stream today, let us know what you thought. Here is what we have coming up next.

Can't stop, wont stop learning #adaptivelearning
03/23/2020

Can't stop, wont stop learning #adaptivelearning

You may have heard St Joe is shifting to sheltering in place until April 2nd. That means starting Tuesday our staff will be working from home. Our programming manager will still be doing events, with her special furry cohost. There are events up on fb and our website for exclusive private content (it is $8 per email address registration). Those that have paid will get an email to join the private chats. Those will be longer programming averaging about 1-2 hours, remaining exclusive as recorded versions. We will also try to do daily free shorter videos of via YouTube live and Facebook live. These will be starting at 1pm Tuesday. Remember to sign up for tomorrow's private live event over A Nest Is Noisy! 🎥🏠❤

03/20/2020
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We have started a youtube channel to get online programming to you all through this COVID-19 period

After looking around at web/ live stream/ sharing options, we have decided that we will be hosting events through our youtube live channel. Customers that purchase tickets to the event will have access to our private streams. Email addresses are used to connect these so please make sure yours is right when entering it in our registration form for an event. This way we can have special content for our paying customers, but we will also be trying to add additional shorter free videos as well. Our first video is up now!

Look what is glowing on at the mansion carriage house.
03/19/2020

Look what is glowing on at the mansion carriage house.

This yellow or yellow-green glassware is known as Vaseline glass. Here are photos in normal light vs black light where it glows bright green! The nickname "Vaseline" comes from the resemblance to the hue of Vaseline petroleum jelly. Vaseline glass is also called "uranium glass," at times, and for good reason. Like all types of colored glass, minerals are added to the molten mixture during production to achieve the color. The uranium dioxide added to Vaseline glass is actually what makes it glow. That bit of uranium in the glass also makes it slightly radioactive. Not to worry though, the radioactivity of the glass is so minute that it doesn't pose a threat if used. Vaseline glass was produced from the mid-1800s through the beginning of World War II - but its peak popularity was from the 1880s through the 1920s. According to Vaseline Glass, Inc., "The government confiscated all supplies of uranium during WWII and halted all production of Vaseline Glass from approximately 1943 until the ban was lifted in Nov. 1958." From 1959 onward, glass companies began making vaseline glass again. However, because of the expense to obtain uranium dioxide, production was and is very limited. **BONUS PHOTO sneak peak of our video coming out tomorrow.

We are still hosting our club event online!
03/19/2020

We are still hosting our club event online!

We are moving our March ArKIDtecture event online! We are restructuring our activities to accommodate what you all may already have access to in your homes. So far the list is 6 index cards (or similar sized pieces of paper). 3 need to be glued or taped together like a sandwich, 2 pens or pencils to set them on, and some coins (we will be using pennies) to test weight. We are looking into the best mode to bring this video stream to you all whether through our website or here on FB live, updates to come. Stay tuned!

St Joseph Museums Inc.
03/18/2020

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Did you know that the St. Joseph Museum can only display approximately 3% of its entire collection and that 90% of the work we do is behind the scenes. As we prepare to shut down to outside visitors, staff will continue our important work preserving our community's past for future generations.

Our Museum Members will be receiving the most recent copy of the Museum Graphic in the mail shortly. The Graphic showcases some of the research, programming, exhibits, and trips we offer our community. Loss of admissions and gift shop sales, plus the cancellation of events, trips, and tours will leave the Museum in a challenging situation. If you can help support the Museum by becoming a member at this time, we would be grateful. https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/become-a-member

We will be providing innovative interpretive resources on-line and showcasing our behind-the-scenes activities while the Museum is closed to the public. We are proud to be the official repository for St. Joseph's history and are prepared to serve in that capacity for another 90+ years.

How history is recorded has a huge impact on what is remembered. How are you shaping history by what you share?
03/14/2020

How history is recorded has a huge impact on what is remembered. How are you shaping history by what you share?

02/22/2020
Black Archives Committee Members Charles Triplett, Loes Hedge, Gary Wilkinson, Joyce Starr, Drew Brown, and Rhamadan Was...
02/14/2020

Black Archives Committee Members Charles Triplett, Loes Hedge, Gary Wilkinson, Joyce Starr, Drew Brown, and Rhamadan Washington shared their knowledge with Benton High School students this past week during Civil Rights Programming. The students learned so much. Thanks to the Missouri Humanities Council for providing funding for this program.

The Missouri State Museum traveling exhibit, “BOOM!: The Rise and Fall of Missouri’s Black Business Districts" is open i...
02/05/2020

The Missouri State Museum traveling exhibit, “BOOM!: The Rise and Fall of Missouri’s Black Business Districts" is open in St. Joseph at East Hills Mall.

Inspired by the Missouri State Parks produced booklet, “The Business: African-American Business People from Missouri’s Past,” this exhibit will interpret the history of five Black business districts throughout the state: The Foot in Jefferson City, The Wedge in Hannibal, Sharp End in Columbia, Vine Street in Kansas City and the Ville in St. Louis. Due to segregation, overt and institutionalized racism, such business centers served as the cornerstone of Black life, culture and survival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibit highlights the people and events, both local and national, which influenced the growth and devolution of some of Missouri’s most prolific and thriving business communities.

The exhibit includes a special St. Joseph section on inventor Charles Baker and a video about St. Joseph Businesses.

Have you heard about the Clark doll experiment? It was vital evidence in Brown v Board of Ed. We are exploring that topi...
02/04/2020

Have you heard about the Clark doll experiment? It was vital evidence in Brown v Board of Ed. We are exploring that topic and music this Sunday in doll club.

Just a few days left to sign up for the February American Girl doll club featuring Melody and these cool DIY musical instruments. Claim your spot at www.stjosephmuseum.org/events

Chief's Kingdom! 🏈❤️💛
02/02/2020

Chief's Kingdom! 🏈❤️💛

The first picture is from the Sensational Six Program we hosted in 2016 that brought St. Joseph NFL players together, including Central High alumni and Chiefs players Aaron Crittendon and Dwayne Blakley. St. Joe is proud to host Training Camp! Go Chiefs!! 📣👋🏈❤️💛

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01/20/2020

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Nothing to do today on Martin Luther King Day? Come visit The Black Archives Museum at the St. Joseph Museum. Our collection showcases and preserves the history of African Americans in St. Joseph and the surrounding area.

01/11/2020
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Considering the snow, ice, staff and guest travel conditions we are going to be CLOSED today (Sat 11th). We will see you tomorrow after crews can get out and make those roads safe.

01/10/2020

Due to the weather, we will be closing at 2:30 p.m. today. We may also be closed tomorrow. Be safe and stay warm!

12/15/2019
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Oh snow! We are closing early today at 3:30 due to the weather and road conditions. Stay safe out there!

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3406 Frederick Ave
Saint Joseph, MO
64506

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(816) 232-8471

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