Iron County Historical Society

About Our Society and Iron County

Historic Iron County CourthouseThe Iron County Historical Society is a non-profit organization that was established in 1974 to preserve and share the rich history of Iron County, Missouri.  Our museum and archives focus on this history.  Besides maintaining our museum and archives, we hold four meetings each year on the third Sunday of January, April, July, and October.  We also publish a quarterly newsletter which is mailed out prior to each meeting. Members can access our newsletter archive in the Members Only area of the website.

Iron County is located in southeast Missouri approximately 80 miles from St. Louis and is named after the once abundant mineral resource that was mined throughout the county.  The county was formed in 1857 and the railroad reached Pilot Knob in 1858. Union forces were stationed here during the Civil War and the Battle of Pilot Knob took place here on 26 - 27 September 1864.   Iron County's history and economy have revolved around four major industries over the years following the Civil War; mining, agriculture, timber and tourism.  
 
Whether you currently live in Iron County, are a descendant from past generations, or just interested in history, we invite you to become a member of the Iron County Historical Society. We hope you will tour our museum and archives, as well as share your own photos, stories, and information about Iron County’s past. 


Operating Year: April 2022 - March 2023


Elected Officers
President: Jeremy Medley
Vice President: Lauretta Walker
Recording Secretary: John Abney
Treasurer: Wilma Cofer
 
Board of Directors
Director: Judie Huff
Director: Nancy Komar
Director: Helen Griffey
Director: Charles Brooks
Director: Beth Stamel
Director: Dee Thomlison
 
Museum Director
Director: Wilma Cofer
Assistant Director: Dee Thomlison
 
Non-Elected Positions
Membership Chairman: Wilma Cofer
Accessions Chairman: John Abney
Refreshments Chairman: Dee Thomlison
Website Manager: John Abney
Assistant Website Manager: Marcine Lohman
Newsletter Editor: John Abney
Program Chairman: John Abney
 

Meeting Info

Our Quarterly Membership Meetings are normally held on the third Sunday of January, July and October and our Annual Membership Meeting is normally held on the third Sunday in April.  Meeting dates may change and / or meetings may be canceled due to weather or other events.  The very latest meeting info is posted on the Coming Events menu tab.  Meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church in Ironton and start at 2 p.m.  Each meeting is preceded by a program and is followed by refreshments.  The public is invited to attend.  
 
Unless otherwise noted, Board of Directors Meetings take place at the Whistle Junction Visitors Center and Museum in Arcadia at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of February, March, May, June, August, September, and November.  The public is also invited to attend these meetings