Webb City Historical Society schedules three IN-PERSON programs, plans for more

After a two-year hiatus because of COVID, the Webb City Historical Society is returning to in-person programs.

Society members and the public are invited to attend three events this summer.

Truman’s WWI memories and library tour

5 p.m. Tuesday, June 14

Tours of the Webb City Public Library will be given from 5 to 6 p.m. to show off recent updates and improvements.

At 6 p.m., society member and military history enthusiast Kavan Stull will present in uniform and in first-person “Captain Harry S Truman’s World War I Memories.”

Based on Truman’s letters back home to his future wife, Bess, and on other published references, Stull, as “Cpt. Truman” will reflect on his enlistment in the Missouri National Guard, his training time at Camp Doniphan, a visit to New York City on his way “over there,” his promotion to captain, and the historical battle experience of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery Regiment from the front trench lines in France.

 

Discover the Freedom of Flight Museum

2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30

Discover the Freedom of Flight Museum is a jewel located in the old Joplin terminal building – and has a Webb City address: 5501 Dennis Weaver Drive, Webb City, MO.

The guided group tour will begin at 2:30 p.m., leaving plenty of time for individual exploration. Weather permitting, ice cream cones will be served for free from 3 to 4 p.m.

Transformation – Just A Taste tour

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30

Following a guided tour, Kurt Baker, who managed the renovation of several downtown buildings to become Just A Taste, will discuss aspects of the extensive transformation.

In the works for fall is a walking or trolley tour of Webb City’s historical commercial district.

With the resumption of in-person programs comes the resumption of dues. (They haven’t been collected for two years.)

Annual dues (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) are:

$15 for individuals

$25 for families

$50 for businesses

$100 sustaining

$150 life (one payment)

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