Whether you are a genuine history buff or just a dabbler in the happenings of the past, the Blue Springs Historical Society has something to offer you.

Whether you are a genuine history buff or just a dabbler in the happenings of the past, the Blue Springs Historical Society has something to offer you.

The society makes it headquarters at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, which it operates. The museum at 101 S. 15th Street is open from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is furnished in the fashion of 1906 to 1928 and has an exhibit that changes three times each year.

The Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1976.
Jacquelin Page, program chairman and newsletter editor for the Society, said the Society is the only outlet for local history. She said that it is important that people know about the place they live.

“If you know the history of the area, it makes it so much more fun to live there,” Page said.

The Historical Society stores manuscripts, photos, records and publications at the Blue Springs City Hall. The archives are open to the public by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call Archivist Karol Witthar at 816-229-1671.

“The archives contains information about, not only Blue Springs, but anything pertaining to it,” Page said.

The society also owns the Chicago & Alton Hotel. The Hotel was built in 1878 to serve railroad passengers. Since its purchase and move to its location next to the museum, it has been under restoration by volunteers.

The society is always looking for assistance through donations and volunteers. Twice each year, the society holds a garage sale on the museum grounds as a fundraiser. Volunteers can help out at the museum, by serving on a committee, helping with the Web site, cleaning and maintaining the museum grounds, landscaping the museum grounds, working in the archives, helping with programs and giving tours.

For more information visit www.rootsweb.com/~mobshs.