Fennewald speaks at the Historical Society’s annual dinner


The Moniteau County Historical Society (MCHS) returned for its first annual dinner since 2019 on Monday evening.

The event had to be canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but was back in full force for 2021. Among the highlights of the evening, speaker Paul Fennewald, who introduced the group to the history of keelboats and the western fur trade. on the Missouri River and the 2021 Spirit of the Manitou Award.

This year’s award recipient was MCHS President Steve Weicken, who was praised for guiding the historic society through “tough times” over the past year. The award has been presented annually since 1986 and recognizes a member who has demonstrated “exceptional dedication to the organization” over the past year.

During the business meeting portion of the evening, Weicken presented a report from the chairman that highlighted how the group has performed over the past year. Weicken said that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the MCHS has done quite well; the group has had some success helping preserve a historic building at Tipton, a Presbyterian church, and raised $ 7,765 with this year’s cemetery flower fundraiser at the end of August.

The group was also able to celebrate Missouri’s bicentennial in August, as well as the work being done to help bring a memorial to veterans at Latham Memorial Family Park, directly across from MCHS.

“It’s a very meaningful place,” Weicken said.

Further upgrades included obtaining both additional fire extinguishers, which were installed around the historical society museum space, and a pair of refurbished desktops for the museum.

All told, Weicken said fundraising sales put the incumbent company at around $ 4,000 in profit over expenses.

“You’ve all been an asset to the group,” Weicken said Monday night. “Past members, current members, whatever. We all need to make the museum work, to keep the library running. The volunteers who are sitting here today is really what makes it work. to keep it alive for the next generation. “

A final agenda on Monday night was to decide whether to organize a fundraiser for a pie sale in conjunction with Saturday’s Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival. With COVID-19 still a concern and no critical need for additional fundraising with profits as is, the group has agreed to forgo fundraising this year and possibly return in 2022. The museum will still be open Saturday during the festival, and the quilts will be on display.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Moniteau County Historical Society is set for Monday, October 11 at 7 p.m.

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