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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

History & Resource Websites:


Books on local history:

History of Smithville Missouri 1800-1899 purchase it from our website store 

The 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 (Calvin 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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