Iron County Historical Society

Welcome to the Iron County Historical Society

Since 1974, the Iron County Historical Society has been dedicated to preserving, protecting and sharing the rich history of Iron County, Missouri and its people.  Through our museum, publications, programs and outreach, we can help you discover this rich history and help you with researching your own family's history.  If you are already a member of the society, you can log-on by clicking on the Members Only link.  If you are not already a member, we would encourage you to join us and help us to share our rich heritage with future generations.  Check out our Coming Events page to keep up with the latest on upcoming historical society events and use our Blog page to get the very latest on historical society news, the latest information on changes to the website and information to assist you in researching your Iron County and other ancestors.  Our museum is located inside the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center (and AMTRAK Station) on Missouri State Highway 21 in Aradia, Missouri.  We are currently open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Miners in Front of Pilot Knob Iron Mine, 1919

April 2024 Annual Meeting

We hope you can join us for our April Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 21st at 2p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ironton located at the corner of Reynolds and Knob streets in Ironton.  Charlie Brooks will share his story of how he took up the hobby of toy making. In Christmas of 1994  his daughter, Melanie gave him a book titled "How to Make Animated Toys".  
According to Charlie, “It looked was not.  I had no tools, no lumber.  Just the book.  After  that worked and looked like the ones in the book, 28 years later and nearly 400 toys later, my hobby keeps me busy year round.  I will always thank my daughter Melanie for that book.  I still have it.  Many smiles and memories over the years make the effort rewarding.”