Franklin County Historical & Genealogy Societies


Click on links. Some links will take you to off-site Web sites established by the historical society. Others will take you to information about the organization on this site. Please contact Sue Blesi if you are aware that a new site has been established for any organization listed here.


Four Rivers Genealogical Society

Franklin County Historical Society

Friends of Old Bethel

Gerald Historical Society

John Colter Museum

Meramec Valley Genealogical & Historical Society

Meramec Valley Historical Museum

New Haven Preservation Society

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Historical Society

St. Clair Historical Society

Washington Historical Society

Franklin County Cemetery Society



Bob Hansen stands on the Union Slave Rock, where slaves were once auctioned in Union. He arranged for the rock to be moved to the Franklin County Historical Society in Union and put on display (shown).


Franklin County Historical Society

15 North Oak

P. O. Box 293

Union, Missouri, 63084


Meetings are normally held at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at the FCHS building in Union. Contact Sue Blesi to verify there has been no change as there are occasional exceptions (holidays, field trips, etc.)

FCHS Officers for 2014-2015

President: Roberta Grissum

Vice President: Carmell Waters

Secretary: Joyce Cira

Treasurer: Phyllis Reed


Friends of Old Bethel (Labadie area)

P. O. Box 82

Labadie, Missouri 63055

Contact People: Bill and Barbara Troutman


Gerald Historical Society

111 West Third Street

Gerald, Missouri 63037

President: Gene Watson 573-764-2618


Meramec Valley Genealogical and Historical Society



Meramec Valley Historical Museum



New Haven Preservation Society

President: David Menke


Phoebe Apperson Hearst Historical Society

P. O. Box 602

St. Clair, Missouri 63077

President: Paula Dace

Society's Official Facebook Page


Phoebe Apperson Hearst attended a one-room log school a few feet from this replica log school at the Hearst Memorical Park.

Regular Meetings with a carry-in dinner are held on the first Sunday of April, August, and December of each year with occasional exceptions. Field trips and other events are are scheduled periodically. To reach the PAH Society, take Highway 30 at St. Clair, then turn south onto Highway PP. Go five miles to Hearst Friendship Park, which is on the right. You will enter the park over a picturesque wooden bridge.


St. Clair Historical Museum

260 Hibbard Street

P. O. Box 137

St. Clair, Missouri 63077


2014 Officers

President: Carol Radford

Vice President:


Treasurer: Nick Gasaway

Public Relations: Sue Blesi

The St. Clair Historical Museum at 260 Hibbard Street in St. Clair was constructed in 1899 by the Knights of Pythias. It served as their meeting place until they disbanded in 1923, when it was purchased by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The building was home to the I.O.O.F. from 1926 until the group disbanded and donated the building to the St. Clair Historical Museum in 1989.

Open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., March to December, this museum is chock-full of displays that reflect local history

Updated June 9, 2014