The Macon County Historical Society was incorporated on
May 26, 1937. It was formed to collect, preserve, and arrange historical, religious,
scientific, and educational material relative to the beginning, growth, and
development of Macon County Missouri, and to establish a repository or library
to make available such information to the citizens of Macon County.
In January of 2007, the City of Macon entered into an
agreement to provide the Blees Annex Building to the Macon County
Historical Society to become the future Macon County Museum. The building commonly known
as the "Blees Annex" was actually the gymnasium of the Blees
Military Academy and was completed in 1900. The Blees Military
Academy was built by Col. Frederick Wilhem Victor Blees, and was
considered to be the West Point of the Midwest. The three story brick building is Romanesque
in style. R.G. Kirsch was the architect of the building. The building
was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. After the
death of Col Blees, it became the Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium. This
was the world's first osteopathic sanatorium. The National
Guard was the last group to inhabit the building. The building has not been in
use for several years, and volunteers are working hard on interior renovations
to create a grand museum as well as a genealogy site. Each town and village, even those that no
longer exist, but only in memory, will be well represented.
The Macon County Historical Society is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to the Society are
Information available through the Macon
County Historical Society Genealogy
Library: funeral and cemetery records, marriage, school, church,
organization, plat map and old Circuit Court records, etc.
Us for more information.
Museum Hours-Thursday and Friday 2-4 p.m.,
Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Other hours by appointment, call 660-395-6754 or