The Pulaski County Historical Society and Museum was organized March 27, 1969. The chairman for this meeting was Mabel Mottaz. She was elected the first President of the Society at the April 1969 meeting. Others elected were, George Lane, Waynesville, 1st Vice-President, Barney Brown, Richland, 2nd Vice-President, Nellie Wills, Crocker, 3rd Vice-President, Warren Pritchett, Buckhorn, 4th Vice-President, Clara Ichord, Waynesville, Secretary, and Sue Hansen, Waynesville, Treasurer.
In 1970, a Historical Marker was erected by the Society at the Old Stagecoach Stop and Hotel on the square in Waynesville. Another marker was placed at the site of the Old Fort on Fort Street in Waynesville.
In 1982 the first volume of “History Pulaski County Missouri” was published. Volume II followed in 1987 and a third volume was published in 2005. These books, and other resource books about Pulaski County, Missouri, are available for purchase at the museum and online at www.visitpulaskicounty.org
The society operates a museum located in the 1903 Pulaski County Courthouse, which is one of three courthouses located on Historic Route 66 in Missouri. The courthouse museum opens for the season on the first Saturday in April and runs through the last Saturday in September and is open weekly, on Saturday’s from 10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. Group tours are available year round, by appointment. Contact Museum Curator Denise Seevers by phone (573-855-3644) or email (email@example.com) to arrange a tour for your group or organization.
The Pulaski County Historical Society and Museum meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Historical Society building located at 415 Historic Route 66 West in Waynesville, Missouri (subject to change). Membership is $15.00 a year, or $50.00 for lifetime membership. Contact Denise Seevers at 573-855-3644 for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current officers are:
- President-Denise Seevers
- Vice-President-Betty Atterberry
- Secretary-Cindy Major
- Treasurer-Beverly Wilkerson
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