DeKalb County Historical Society

We are celebrating our 42nd year

On April 19, 1969, a meeting of interested people was held for the purpose of forming a Historical Society for DeKalb County. Those in attendance were: Dorothy Caldwell, Associate Editor of the Missouri Historical Review, published by the State Historical Society; Mrs Dayle C McDonough, President of the Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs, Bessie L Whiteaker, Lora Lockhart, Ruth Lybarger and Martha Spiers.

A constitution and by-laws were written, a slate of officers was drawn up and the place and time of the organizational meeting was considered.

The following day, April 20, 1969, 34 people who were interested in the preservation of the county's history met in the Community Room of the courthouse and formed a Historical Society. Mrs Dayle McDonough presided as temporary chairman and her husband, Judge McDonough, read the proposed by-laws and conducted the discussion after which the Society accepted the corrected form.

A motto, which had been suggested by Harley Fisher, was chosen, "A county that forgets its past will never have a future.". The purpose of the DeKalb County Historical Society is to "study, preserve and record our heritage".

By the end of 1969, 167 members from many areas of the United States had joined the Society.

Staff Services Publications and Products

We offer a comprehensive range of services:

Donations are always appreciated

The memorial Fund is for anyone interested in making a contribution in honor or memory of a friend or loved one.

Meeting Your Research Needs

There are 4,154 family file folders to help with research needs. We add to them all the time.

Our volunteers will be happy to assist with your research needs.

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Contact us at PO Box 467 Maysville MO 64469-0467
or 816-449-5451 or

This is the only web site authorized by the Board of Directors of the DeKalb County Missouri Historical Society.

It is maintained by the volunteer staff of DeKalb Co Historical Society.

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