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.

We will be closed April 21, 2019, for Easter.  Happy Easter, everyone!
04/20/2019

We will be closed April 21, 2019, for Easter. Happy Easter, everyone!

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives
04/01/2019
Missouri Association for Museums and Archives

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives

The Missouri Humanities Council will sponsor a paid Diversity in the Field Internship at the St. Joseph Museums this summer.

The internship will provide opportunities in interpretation, educational programming, exhibit design, marketing, collections management, and non-profit business management.

The intern will work approximately 20 hours per week between May 29 and August 9, 2019. The selected applicant will receive a $1500 stipend.

The program will focus on one of two areas:

· Research of the Harry L. George Native American Collection and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)

· Research of African American businesses in St. Joseph for an upcoming exhibit for the Black Archives Museum.

To Apply:
https://mama.wildapricot.org/event-3335015

Would your museum or archives like to host an intern in the fall? Let us know.

If you have questions, please email Sara Wilson at [email protected].

St Joseph Museums Inc.
03/15/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Join us for all the details on a relaxing and inspiring cruise on the romantic Rhine, Europe’s longest river! The castles along the Rhine so impressed William and Eliza Wyeth that they asked St. Joseph architect E. J. Eckel to design their 1879 home, now called the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, to resemble one. Matt Greenwaldt, a Mayflower Tours representative, will share the details on how you can see the beauty of the area for yourself on a trip which leaves on September 23, 2020. Highlights include excursions to the Black Forest, Mt. Pilatus, many historic cities and castles, 23 meals, and much more. Find out how to receive free airfare during the presentation, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, on April 4. Admission to the program is free. No reservations are required to attend.

2019 Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame inductees - LaDawndra Robbs & the St. Joe Hoyas. Congratulations!!! Thank you al...
03/01/2019

2019 Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame inductees - LaDawndra Robbs & the St. Joe Hoyas. Congratulations!!! Thank you all so much for what you do!

Join us as we honor the 2019 Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame Honorees - LaDawndra Robbs and the St. Joe Hoyas!  It al...
02/27/2019

Join us as we honor the 2019 Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame Honorees - LaDawndra Robbs and the St. Joe Hoyas! It all happens Thursday, February 28, 5-7 p.m., with the ceremony taking place at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., 3406 Frederick Avenue.

02/20/2019

Due to this seemingly never ending winter, the Black Archives Museum will be closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 20. Stay safe everyone!

(Never trusting a groundhog again...)

02/11/2019

The Museum will be closed today, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Stay warm and be careful on the ice.

02/06/2019

We are closing today at 1:30 p.m. due to ice. Please take care everyone!
Please come see us when the weather permits!

01/23/2019

Due to weather conditions, the Black Archives Museum will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Everyone stay warm & safe!!

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday...
01/21/2019

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday...

St Joseph Museums Inc.
01/19/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

We are making some great moments at Family Fun Time with the United Way of Greater St. Joseph. Come on down.

01/12/2019

Hey all...We are closed today due to the snow. Everyone stay safe & if you have to get out, be careful!

St Joseph Museums Inc.
01/11/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

We are excited to partner with United Way of Greater St. Joseph to present the Imaginarium Hands-On Learning Activities for Families on Saturday, January 19th from 10-11:30. There will be live music, dancing, colors, architecture and building, space playdough, and transportation themed projects. We hope you and your little humans can join us!

Hey everyone! We are closed today & tomorrow for the New Year's holiday. May you all have a safe holiday!!Happy New Year...
12/31/2018

Hey everyone! We are closed today & tomorrow for the New Year's holiday. May you all have a safe holiday!!

Happy New Year!!

We are closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, but will re-open December 26.We wish all of you a Merry Christmas!!
12/24/2018

We are closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, but will re-open December 26.

We wish all of you a Merry Christmas!!

We will be open this weekend before Christmas, so be sure to stop by and see us!!We will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve & Ch...
12/21/2018

We will be open this weekend before Christmas, so be sure to stop by and see us!!

We will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

Doris "Dorie" Miller was an American Messman Third Class in the United States Navy. On December 7, 1941, Miller was a cr...
12/07/2018

Doris "Dorie" Miller was an American Messman Third Class in the United States Navy. On December 7, 1941, Miller was a crewman aboard the battleship USS West Virginia. After serving breakfast mess, he was collecting laundry when the first of nine torpedoes hit the ship. When the "Battle Stations" alarm went off, Miller headed for his battle station, an anti-aircraft battery magazine amidship, only to discover that a torpedo had destroyed it.

He then reported himself available for other duty. LCDR Doir C. Johnson ordered Miller to accompany him to the bridge to assist with moving the ship's captain, Mervyn Bennion, who was severely wounded. Miller and another sailor lifted the captain and, unable to remove him from the bridge, carried him from his exposed position on the damaged bridge to a sheltered spot behind the conning tower.

LT Frederic H. White ordered Miller to help him and ENS Victor Delano load the unmanned #1 and #2 anti-aircraft machine guns. Miller was not familiar with the weapon, but White and Delano instructed him on how to operate it. Delano expected Miller to feed ammunition to one gun, but Delano's attention was diverted, and when he looked again, Miller was firing one of the guns. White then loaded ammunition into both guns and assigned Miller the starboard gun.

Miller fired the gun until he ran out of ammunition. He was then ordered to help carry the captain up to the navigation bridge out of the thick oily smoke generated by the many fires on and around the ship. When the attack finally lessened, Miller helped move injured sailors through oil and water to the quarterdeck, thereby "unquestionably saving the lives of a number of people who might otherwise have been lost."

For his actions, Miller was awarded several medals, including the Navy Cross, becoming the first African American to receive this citation. Nearly two years after Pearl Harbor, he was killed in action when Liscome Bay was sunk by during the Battle of Makin. - From Wikipedia

11/27/2018

Okay, so this just happened... KCPL was able to fix the transformer, so the power is back on. Yay!! AND the lot has been opened, which means we will be, too!

We open at 10! Come see us!

11/27/2018

Hey everyone...thanks to the storm, we only have partial power, including no heat! The parking lot is also still VERY icy. As a result, we will be closed today (Tuesday, Nov. 27).

We are so sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to be back up and running soon!

11/26/2018

The Black Archives Museum will be closed tomorrow (Monday) November 26 due to conditions caused by Sunday's snowstorm.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Stay warm & safe everyone!!

We will be closed Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving, but we will be open on the 23rd!  Stop by and see us!HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
11/21/2018

We will be closed Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving, but we will be open on the 23rd! Stop by and see us!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

On November 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Since this Vete...
10/29/2018
Bells of Peace - Resources - World War I Centennial

On November 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Since this Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, is the centennial of “the day peace broke out”, it has an extra special meaning and commemorations will take place across the country and world.

As part of this special Veterans Day, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is promoting a commemorative initiative known as the “Bells of Peace.” Individuals, communities, and businesses are encouraged to mark the centennial by ringing bells slowly 21 times at 11:00 a.m. local time.

If you do not have a bell, you can render the salute by other means, including gongs, bicycle bells, wind chimes, etc., and yes, there is an app for this event – download the Bells of Peace app in either Google Play or the Apple App Store. https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/567-ace/5056-yourace-participation-app.html

We hope you will join us in honoring those who fought and died in World War I, and those veterans who have fought for our freedom, as well as those who have given “their last full measure of devotion.” (Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863) #BellsofPeace

https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/546-events/bell-tolling/bells-of-peace/4559-bells-of-peace-resources.html

Official site of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. In WW1 nearly 5 million men & women joined the US military (116,516 died, 204,002 wounded). They deserve their own memorial.

Gary Wilkinson gave an amazing perfirmance as Jeffrey Deroine at Voices of the Past.  Photo credit Megan Wyeth.
10/21/2018

Gary Wilkinson gave an amazing perfirmance as Jeffrey Deroine at Voices of the Past. Photo credit Megan Wyeth.

09/21/2018

Today at 2:00 pm in the Owen Room at the Downtown Public Library, the amazing Greg Olson will be discussing the lost history of one of St. Joseph's most important founders, Jeffery Deroine. If you love this city as much as we do, you definitely won't want to miss this presentation!

Historic 150-year-old AME Church built post-Civil War moves across town in Chillicothe
09/19/2018
Historic 150-year-old AME Church built post-Civil War moves across town in Chillicothe

Historic 150-year-old AME Church built post-Civil War moves across town in Chillicothe

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. -- A local church believed to be the first African Methodist Episcopal Church located north of the Missouri River post-Civil War moved across town Tuesday in Chillicothe. The Bethel AME Church was built and consecrated in 1868. It's been on 202 Henry Street since then -- until Monda...

Missouri State Archives
09/17/2018

Missouri State Archives

The Lincoln Institute, now Lincoln University, opened #OnThisDay in 1866. The oldest historically black college or university west of the Mississippi River, it was founded by Civil War veterans of Missouri’s 62nd Colored Infantry Regiment. Originally established in a log cabin abandoned by the Jefferson City Public Schools, its permanent campus didn’t open until 1869. College courses were then added in 1877, and it became a state institution in 1879.

Photo: MS 421, Henry Gensky Photograph Collection

08/27/2018

Hey, everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that we will be Closed on Monday, Sept. 3 for Labor Day. We will be open Saturday & Sunday, though, so please come and see us during these last days of summer!

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives
08/15/2018

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives

Every Museum is a Stage!

Free workshop

Do you love to act and be on stage?
-Local Museums offer great opportunities for Volunteer Docents to give tours.
-Do you love museums and want to share your knowledge?

This training will teach you the skills to become a docent.
Topics will include:
Know Your Audience
The Art of Improv
Public Speaking Techniques
Learn to be an Awesome Tour Guide!

To be held at the Downtown Abbey 1202 Felix St., St. Joseph, Missouri.
Free! Workshop is sponsored by the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives and the Missouri Humanities Council.

2 sessions to choose from:
8am to noon: https://mama.wildapricot.org/event-3026133
or 1:00 to 5:00 pm https://mama.wildapricot.org/event-3026174

St Joseph Museums Inc.
07/23/2018

St Joseph Museums Inc.

You can purchase an unbelievable set of 12 high quality posters of St. Joseph Landmarks to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Joseph. These posters, created by Tanner Mayhew, are 18x24 inches and are only available from the St. Joseph Museum. Cost is $50 for the complete set.

Happy 4th of July everyone!!#MuseumFireworksShowThis fireworks mural was painted by a patient at the St. Joseph State Ho...
07/05/2018

Happy 4th of July everyone!!
#MuseumFireworksShow
This fireworks mural was painted by a patient at the St. Joseph State Hospital as part of the Park Mural Group Art Project from 1988-1990. The walls of one of the tunnels that formerly connected the buildings of the State Hospital were used as the "canvas" for the murals. This mural, as well as other amazing pieces of artwork, can be seen at the Glore Psychiatric Museum.

07/03/2018

Hey, everyone, the Black Archives Museum will be closed tomorrow for Independence Day. We will re-open at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July!!

The Black Archives Museum is once again proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums! From now until Labor Day, any active ...
05/29/2018

The Black Archives Museum is once again proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums! From now until Labor Day, any active duty military personnel and up to 5 members of their family get in free to the Black Archives Museum (as well as the other museums located at the St. Joseph Museums complex at 3406 Frederick Avenue) and the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion at 1100 Charles (All retired military personnel receive a military discount of 50% off the regular admission price at both locations).

St. Joseph - Celebrating 175 Years
04/13/2018
St. Joseph - Celebrating 175 Years

St. Joseph - Celebrating 175 Years

2018 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Joseph!! Dedicated to the historical facts and the legends that surround our fair city!

“I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, wi...
04/04/2018

“I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 3, 1968, from a speech given at Mason Temple Church in Memphis.

"Dr. Martin Luther King, the apostle of non-violence in the civil rights movement, has been shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee..." April 4, 1968, as reported by Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News.

Fifty years ago today, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. He was only 39 years old.

Dr. King was a Baptist minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Beginning in the mid-1950s, Dr. King was the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, advocating nonviolent protests as a way to bring about civil rights and equality for African Americans. The tireless work of Dr. King and his supporters led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. His death spurred Congress to pass the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which made it illegal to deny the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, gender, or national origin. The legislation was signed by President Lyndon Johnson on April 11, exactly one week after Dr. King’s assassination.

Last Wednesday night, the Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame added two new inductees.  Louise Loretta Clay Cooper and Dr...
03/05/2018

Last Wednesday night, the Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame added two new inductees. Louise Loretta Clay Cooper and Drew Brown were inducted during an evening reception in their honor. We congratulate them both!

Their list of accomplishments is long, so the next time you visit, make a point of stopping in to see the Hall of Fame in the Black Archives Museum.

02/22/2018

Due to weather conditions, the Black Archives Museum, as well as the Doll Museum, Glore Psychiatric Museum, & St. Joseph Museum are closed today (February 22). Please be safe everyone!

(Does anyone else think March decided to "come in like a lion" a week early?)

02/21/2018

Due to anticipated weather conditions for tomorrow, (Thursday, Feb. 22) we are postponing the 2018 Black Archives Museum Hall of Fame induction ceremony. We have rescheduled the event for Wednesday, February 28, at 5:00 p.m., with the induction ceremony beginning at 5:30.

Be safe everyone!

02/20/2018

Due to weather conditions, the museum will be closed today.

02/20/2018

Due to weather conditions, the Black Archives Museum, as well as the Doll Museum, Glore Psychiatric Museum, & St. Joseph Museum, will be closed today (February 20). Please be safe everyone!

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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

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