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If you enjoy unraveling mysteries or digging into the past, our Society is all about that.  Here are some local resources that can help you get started to learn about local history. Also check out the topics and resources our members have already developed on the HISTORY page on this website.  .

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Print and website resources


Clay County Archives & Library:

Clay County Museum and Historical Society:

Midwest Genealogy Center:

Northland Genealogy Society:

Platte County Historical Society:

Smithville branch Mid-Continent Public Library:

Smithville MO Historical Society:

State Historical Society of Missouri:

Books on local history:

History of Clay County, Missouri 1885 (reprinted by Clay County Archives & Historical Library)

Divided Loyalties: Civil War Soldiers Buried In Clay County, Missouri (Clay County Archives 2013)

Annals of Platte County, Missouri (W. M. Paxon 1897)

The Autobiography of Calvin Smith of Smithville (1Calvin Smith, 1907)

My Home Town (Robert Patterson, articles written prior to 1953, reprinted in Smithville Democrat-Herald between November 1980 and January 1981).

Progress-A-Rama (Smithville Historical Society & Friends 1967)

Smithville, Missouri: A Pictorial History Through Time (Smithville MO Historical Society & Friends 2019)


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