Keeping History Alive for Platte County's Future Generations


Keeping History Alive for Platte County's Future Generations

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Historic wedding dresses on display

A display of historic wedding dresses and photos are currently on display at the Mid-Continent Library in Smithville.    The display was assembled by Platte 'County Historical Society members Lisa Willmeyer, Sue Van Amburg, and Martha Noland.

The display includes a total of eight wedding gowns, one from the Society's collection and seven others loaned by PCHS members and friends.  The display will available now for viewing and will remain at the library through the month of June.

The address of the Mid-Continent Library is located at:

120 Richardson Street

Smithville, MO.



Jody Hornbeck of Camden Point, left, holds a plaque honoring her as the Platte County Historical Society's Volunteer of the Year.  The award was presented by the Society's President Paula York, right,  at the Society's annual spring dinner meeting held Sunday April 28 at the Platte County Resource Center.  Jody was recognized for her service as a caretaker for Pleasant Grove cemetery / Camden Point Baptist Church cemetery for the last eight years. The Pleasant Grove Cemetery chapter has been affiliated with the Platte County Historical Society for many years. The oldest grave in Pleasant Grove cemetery dates to 1845. The historic cemetery is also the site of a  Monument erected in 1871 marking the gravesites of six Confederate soldiers killed in a battle there in 1864.

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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. 

Admission $5.00

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Our hard working archivists !!!    Sue Jackson, Beverly Taulbee, Bill Foster, and Craig Kirpatrick

Our research staff of archivists can help you find members of your family that may have lived in Platte County.   

See the Query Page for more information and how to submit a query.    Donations are appreciated.

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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!

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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.

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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.

2000 -2019 Bulletin Articles / Submit an Article

History and Old Photographs


CHECK OUT!  this history page for a brief history of Platte County and a few of our famous people. 

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Our Team

Our amazing team of volunteers includes archivists, bookstore staff, researchers, and many, many volunteers.  

Our History

Check out our history page to learn more about our history.

Our Goals

Preserve the history of Platte County Missouri for current and future generations.