Bates County Historical Society
~Preserve Our History & Sustain Our Heritage~
Founded in 1961, the Bates County Historical Society & Museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Funding comes through donations, memberships, admissions, sales, event receipts and from an endowment. Each line of revenue is vital in maintaining the standard of excellence that has become the hallmark of the Bates County Museum. The organization is funded through purely private means and no public money is received.
Governed by a nine member Board of Directors, the Society endeavors to Preserve Our History & Sustain Our Heritage. Partnerships with various community and civic organizations have strengthened the significance of the Museum and opportunities to share educational programs with area students provide a means of connecting with young people which can often lead them to an interest in history. The Society's work reaches far beyond the county lines and we have excellent associations with various state and regional organizations including Missouri State Parks, Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri State Archives, the State Historical Society of Missouri, local Chambers of Commerce, the Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission, and many museums and historic sites in both Missouri and Kansas.