Missouri Civil War Museum To Open Jefferson Barracks Building In April
(October 2010 Civil War News)
ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Civil War Museum was awarded a $500,000 grant to complete restoration of the Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange Building. Thanks to the St. Louis County Port Authority grant from its Community Reinvestment Fund the building will open next April as the Missouri Civil War Museum.
The 1905 building at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis County was chosen because of the opportunity to save a historic building from demolition and for its military significance.
Since renovations began in 2003, the Missouri Civil War Museum has invested more than $1 million in private funds into the project, finishing approximately 70 percent of the historic restoration. The grant funding will complete work in the 16,000-square-foot building in time for the start of the Civil War Sesquicentennial on April 12.
The Post Exchange Building had been abandoned since 1946, suffering from decades of neglect and decay.
Jefferson Barracks was founded in 1826. It is the oldest active military installation west of the Mississippi River. Some 220 Civil War generals served there before the Civil War. It was one of the country’s largest hospital complexes during the war.
In addition, 16,000 Civil War veterans are buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
In expressing his appreciation to the St. Louis County Economic Council and St. Louis County Port Authority, Missouri Civil War Museum Chairman Mark Trout said, “The museum will be a great asset for the local community and a popular tourist attraction.”
The museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution formed in 2002 to save the Post Exchange Building and convert it into what will be Missouri’s largest Civil War museum and educational center.
The museum’s purpose will be to educate the public about the Civil War and its relevance to the state. Hundreds of artifacts have been collected and will be on display for the opening.
For information about the Missouri Civil War Museum go to www.mcwm.org.