Osage Mission - Neosho County Museum in St. Paul, Kansas
Osage Mission - Neosho County Museum in St. Paul, Kansas sits on the site of the original Osage Mission and schools, across the street from where the beautiful 1884 Saint Francis de Hieronymo Catholic Church is located today. The museum is mostly two large rooms, one of which is the main museum gallery, while the other houses more exhibits, a research area and space for meetings and presentations.
The nuseun provides Neosho County history, with an emphasis on the Osage Catholic Mission, which Jesuit Missionaries established in 1847 and the Osage Manual Labor School.
A recently built separate building houses about 60 taxidermy specimens and head mounts which were hunted by a local resident, John Born, who recently passed away. There other buildings on the museum grounds which were not open when we visited , including the Lone Elm School, a one room school house that operated from 1867 through 1951, and a building with signs saying it is a blacksmith shop and harness shop.
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