Keeping History Alive for Platte County's Future Generations
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ben Ferrel Museum and Library are closed until further notice. Thank you for your interest in the museum and please stay safe!
Betty N. Soper, Platte City, was presented the 2019 Betty Soper Historical Award at the fall dinner meeting of the Platte County Historical Society (PCHS), held Sunday October 27 at the Platte County Resource Center. Paula York, current Society president, noted that it was the first time that Betty Soper had actually received the annual award since the award was renamed in her honor in 1996. The award was originally named the Outstanding Platte Countian Award, and it is presented by PCHS annually to a person who has contributed significantly to the history, architecture and/or genealogy of Platte County, Mo. Betty has been with the Society many years, serving as president from 1976-80. Betty was instrumental in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the acquisition of the former Frederick Krause home built in 1882, and renovation of the structure into the current Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum, 220 Ferrel Street, Platte City. Betty has worn many hats for PCHS, serving as Museum docent, Museum curator, editor of the newsletter, and director. She and husband Donald L. Soper formerly owned and operated Basswood Resort in Platte City. They have three grown children, Susan, Duane and Alisa.
The Ben Ferrel Historical Museum is the home of the Platte County Historical Society. The Museum is open for visitors beginning April 19, 2019 through October 11, 2019 and is located at 220 Ferrel Street, Platte City, Missouri.
Once again the museum will be participating in the Blue Star program, providing free entry to all active military personnel and their families.
Our research staff of archivists can help you find members of your family that may have lived in Platte County.
See the Family Research Page for more information and how to submit a query. Donations are appreciated.
Our PCHS Bookstore has a large number of books and publications about the history of Platte County Missouri and its people. Check out the Bookstore Page!
As a member of PCHS, you are showing your support for our Society and for the preservation of Platte County history. Please consider joining us. Click below for a membership application.
PCHS prepares a Newsletter 3 times per year that is mailed to each member. The newsletter contains numerous articles about the history of Platte County and its citizens. Each newsletter also has contributed articles written about families and locations in Platte County.
CHECK OUT! this history page for a brief history of Platte County and a few of our famous people.
Our amazing team of volunteers includes archivists, bookstore staff, researchers, and many, many volunteers.
Check out our history page to learn more about our history.
Preserve the history of Platte County Missouri for current and future generations.