Welcome to the Nodaway County Historical Society and Museum

The museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 1-4 p.m., and we are featuring newly renovated exhibit spaces on the second floor of our building.


Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 31 @ 2pm: Halloween Horrors of Nodaway County - Listen to local author Jason Offutt tell spooky tales of ghosts and the paranormal and view our exhibits featuring crime in Nodaway County.
Saturday, November 20 @ 2pm: Toy Room Grand Opening on World Children's Day - This interactive, hands-on toy room is perfect for children to come and play!
Saturday, December 11 @ 9am-1pm: Christmas Bake Sale
Click on "Events" to see a full event schedule, to learn more about upcoming programs, and to see some of our past events. Please let us know if there is something you would like to see.

Gift Shop

Take a look at our gift shop! We have books on local and regional history, material by local authors, postcards and holiday cards, and much more. Making these purchases at the NCHS helps support the museum and preserve your local history. If you cannot make it to the museum or live out of town but would like to make a purchase, check out our new online gift shop for an item list and prices. There will be an additional charge for shipping and handling.

Now Available:

Tales of Nodaway County: Area History, 1837-1977

Material compiled by the NCHS. Get this limited edition reprint now for $30!

About Us

Nodaway County, Missouri, is a rural area consisting of eighteen communities, a university, and a seminary. The Nodaway County Historical Society believes it is important to preserve the past in order to build the future. Since its founding in 1967, the Society has collected an array of artifacts related to the towns and the people comprising Nodaway County. Visit our museum and browse our site to learn more about the history, present, and future of our community.

2020: The Centennial of Women's Suffrage 
One hundred years ago last year, women across the United States were finally granted the right to vote. Women in Nodaway County played an important role on the local, state, and national levels in this fight. Please enjoy some of our special exhibits on these local women, read some of the recent scholarship on these topics, and more:


Our uniform from the Missouri Ladies Military Band, the group who marched in the national suffrage parade in DC, currently is on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri. Can you spot it in this video?











Memorial & Recognition







Visit Us


1:00-4:00 Tuesday-Friday 

Additional summer hours (July-Aug) 10am-4pm

Special tours welcome by appointment

Closed on major holidays
Closed December 12th - March 7th


Free (donations welcome)

Cathy Palmer

NCHS curator Cathy Palmer passed away in December 2020. She was a lover of local history and worked tirelessly to promote and preserve the history of our county. Her family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations-memorial gifts may be made to the Nodaway County Historical Society (send them to PO Box 324,

Maryville, MO 64468). Thank you, Cathy, for all that you have done for this community and for our museum. You will be missed.

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