The historical museum reopens after the pandemic | Features

HOPKINS, Mo. – The Hopkins Historical Society Museum has reopened after a year-long closure due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

“I think everyone was so happy to be able to go out and do things,” said Anna Cross, a historian with the Hopkins Historical Society.

Cross and her husband Russell, former editors of the Hopkins Journal, established the Hopkins Historical Society Museum in 1998 in the building that previously housed the city newspaper.

The Crosses also compiled the book “A Time Capsule of Hopkins History”. The book contains documented Hopkins events from the 1890s through 2002 that were recorded in The Hopkins Journal. It is available at the museum.

The museum houses a range of exhibits that document the history of Hopkins and its people. It regularly receives new pieces, donated by those who wish to preserve and remember the past.

Genealogies, obituaries, newspapers and directories are part of the content of the museum. It also contains press material from the Hopkins Journal, donated by the Crosses. Furniture from former Hopkins companies and other antiques are on display, including a chair and table from the old Hopkins pharmacy and a wooden cash register from Mutti Hardware Company.

On May 4, the Hopkins Historical Society met to discuss its future plans for collecting, researching, and exhibiting pieces of Hopkins history.

The museum has undergone recent upgrades, including painting its exterior and adding carpeting to its interior. It continues to preserve and exhibit Hopkins’ history.

The museum will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays or by appointment throughout the summer and fall.

It will also be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on all three nights of the Hopkins Picnic, August 5-7.

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