Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Historical Society Opens

  • The Macon County Historical Society opened on Thursday, April 11. Find out what's new here.
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  • When you enter the Macon County Historical Society you are not only entering a building full of history, but a building that has history all on its own.
    The Macon County Historical Society acquired its building from the City of Macon in 2006 and opened its doors in 2008. But prior to this, the building was the Blees Military Academy and also the Still-Hildreth Sanatorium—the first place in America that did electric shock treatments.
    "We felt obligated to preserve this building and its history," said Macon County Historical Society volunteer Sally Watts.
    There are even original patient cells still present today…wall carvings and all.
    "See here is an eagle. That says army. And there is a swastika," said Watts while looking at a cell wall. "Some of this history is just irreplaceable."
    The Macon County Historical Society opened its doors on Thursday, April 11 for the season and is open on Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. But if those times don't work, historical society members are always willing to give tours by appointment.
    "It's whatever suits your needs," said Watts. "No one here gets paid. We are all volunteers because the job is so rewarding."
    New to the museum this year is a military room. A room with walls decorated in 600 soldier pictures—all individuals of Macon County. There are old military uniforms, books, pictures and much more.
    "We are very proud of our military room," said Watts. "The Historical Society just has something for everyone. It's kind of an interesting place."
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