Visit the museum!


WINTER HOURS: BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT ONLY

will reopen April 2017


 CONTACT CITY HALL TO ARRANGE A PRIVATE TOUR

417-476-2323

The Harold Bell Wright/Pierce City Museum is located inside the former 

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) church building in Pierce City, Missouri.

It was also known as the Pierce City Christian Church.


404 NORTH WALNUT STREET

PIERCE CITY, MISSOURI 65723

Pierce City's museum survived the 2003 tornado!


HBW Museum Survived!

The museum building 'weathered' the May 4, 2003, tornado. It became a place to gather for social events and meetings in the year of recovery and rebuilding that followed.



As of June 2006, building renovations were completed to the extent that the museum had its official opening on June 3, 2006!

INFORMATION ON HAROLD BELL WRIGHT!

The late Gerry Chudleigh built the biggest and best Harold Bell Wright website!


CLICK HERE FOR g.chudleigh.com  (website on Harold Bell Wright)


It is full of information on the places he lived, 

the books he wrote, info on collectible merchandise, 

and articles by HBW and about HBW!


DON'T MISS JOYCE KINKEAD'S DETAILED

AND SCHOLARLY WORK (under "in depth"):

The Social Conscience of 

Harold Bell Wright

The Man and His Work

Dr. Joyce Kinkead  
Copyright 1979 by Joyce Kinkead.  Used by Permission. 


Museum Hours

The museum is closed the winter. However, we are always open for private tours. We would be happy to arrange a visit for you, your family, or group!


The Harold Bell Wright/Pierce City Museum will reopen for regular hours April 2017.


Contact Pierce City Hall, email us or message us on Facebook to arrange a tour if you cannot visit us during our regular hours.


Pierce City Hall - 417-476-2323

Mural depicting Pierce City history

Stop by the Pierce City Branch (David H. Jones Library) of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system to see the mural Pierce City Remembered which hangs in the community room. 


The mural depicts scenes from Pierce City history and was painted by Carthage artist, Sherry Pettey. Sherry is a member of the Pierce City Arts Council (PCAC). The original art work was donated to the library by the Pierce City Arts Council (PCAC).


Family of Harold Bell Wright


Father: William A. Wright                     Mother: Alma T. Watson (d. 1883 tuberculosis)

Wife: Frances E. Long (m. 1899, div. 1920, three sons)
Son: Gilbert Munger Wright (b. 1901)
Son: Paul Williams Wright (b. 1902, d. 3-Jun-1928)
Son: Norman Hall Wright (b. 8-Jan-1910, d. 21-Jul-2001)

Wife: Winifred Mary Potter Duncan (m. 5-Aug-1920, until his death)

Family photo of Harold Bell Wright Family
including sons Gilbert, Paul, and Norman 

(on Gerry Chudleigh's web site)

Family photo of Harold Bell Wright Family
including sons Gilbert, Paul, and Norman 

(on Gerry Chudleigh's web site)

Celebrate Pierce City History

The Mission of the Harold Bell Wright/Pierce City Museum is to "Celebrate Pierce City History!"

 

Pierce City's Harold Bell Wright/Pierce City Museum is housed in the former First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), also known as the Pierce City Christian Church, and the "Harold Bell Wright Library and Museum" building located at 404 North Walnut Street (Pierce City, Missouri).

     While living in Mt. Vernon (Missouri) Wright was asked to preach in Pierce City and later became Pastor of the church (in 1896-7?).  He went on to lead churches in Pittsburg (KS), Lebanon (MO), and Kansas City (MO), before moving further west. He was a best selling author and his novels set in the Ozarks are often credited for Branson's first tourism boom.

     Our museum will house Harold Bell Wright memorabilia and local history including notable Pierce Citians Ragtime composer Theron Bennett and artist Grace Tinker. The building was converted to use as a public library in 1933. A very generous donation entrusted to Mayor Carol Hirsch by David H. Jones, Hirsch's persistent and dedicated drive to see the project made a reality, and many hours of volunteer labor by herself, husband Fred, retired Mayor Mark Peters and many others, yielded a new library built downtown.

     In March of 2000, again at Hirsch's urging, the Board of Aldermen voted to create the Harold Bell Wright Museum Board of Trustees to oversee the next phase of the site's history. The old church building, previously the city's library, is now the Harold Bell Wright/Pierce City Museum.

     After countless hours of building renovations in the past few years by Betty and Jay Bierkortte and others, the museum board opened the museum JUNE 3, 2006!

From the family of Harold Bell Wright

On May 4, 2003 an F-3 tornado destroyed much of downtown Pierce City. The HBW Museum in Pierce City was not badly damaged. On May 13, 2003 the museum president received the following message from the Family of Harold Bell Wright:

      "The Family of Harold Bell Wright is pleased to announce and endorse the Harold Bell Wright Museum in Pierce City, Missouri. They are currently adding to their museum inventory so if you have items you can donate to them, please contact the President of the Museum, Kristin Nama via her email address of [email protected]You can learn more by visiting their museum website. Thankfully the museum was not damaged in the recent tornadoes; however the community does need your help and prayers. Best of luck for great success to those promoting and preserving the writings of Harold Bell Wright."

GRACE TINKER INFORMATION, ONLINE RESOURCES

Some online references on Grace Tinker:


1. An item about Mrs. Tinker was featured in the Back in the Good Old Days column in The Monett Times on January 9, 2014.

http://www.monett-times.com/story/2039895.html


2. Back in the Good Old Days 2009.

http://www.monett-times.com/story/1544534.html


3. Story in the Joplin Globe about Grace Tinker watercolor painting sold for fundraiser.

http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/work-by-watercolor-artist-being-offered-to-raise-money/article_94087e6d-deae-579c-8db8-5896ebe84452.html


4. Short article written by Harold O. Taylor about Grace Tinker in the Nevada Daily Mail

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1908&dat=19600323&id=l2IfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=p9QEAAAAIBAJ&pg=862,3279773&hl=en

(Mr. Taylor was a friend and Harold Bell Wright. A painting by HBW that used to hang in the First Christian Church was one of several HBW gave as gifts to Mr. Taylor. The Taylor family gave the painting to a museum in Kansas City. The painting is currently on display in the Inspiration Tower at the Harold Bell Wright Homestead in Branson, MO).


5. I believe this is a bowl painted by Mrs. Tinker that Jo Allen sold online when she was preparing to move out of Pierce City.

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-grace-tinker-limoges-hand-painted-china


MARTHA GRIFFITHS online resources

SOME LINKS TO INFORMATION ABOUT MARTHA EDNA (WRIGHT) GRIFFITHS

A Champion of Women's Rights Hailed from Pierce City

Griffiths, Edna Wright   History, Art & Archives/United States House of Representatives

​Martha Griffiths
​   
`I Will Never Retire, I Just Have To Work`
​    
January 07, 1990|By Marney Rich Keenan.​
Martha Griffiths, 91; Pioneering Politician Pushed ERA, Sex Bias Ban Through Congress

Obituary, Martha Griffiths, The Guardian

Martha Griffiths, from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Griffiths

Martha Griffiths Biography/Encyclopedia of World Biography

​Martha W. Griffiths, Michigan Congresswoman and National Champion of Women's Rights

The Untold Story Behind the Civil Rights Act

Griffiths, Martha        American National Biography Online

​Martha Griffiths Quotes (8 quotes)

Mystery solved!


"Maybe you can help us solve a mystery! "


We had been looking for information on the whereabouts of the bell from the old bell tower for more than a decade. 


Murray Bishoff solved the mystery! He discovered a notice in a 1942 edition of The Monett Times that the 500 pound bell was donated to a scrap metal drive that year.  Presumably for the war effort in WWII. A notice also appeared in the Pierce City paper about the scrap metal drive.

Postcard image courtesy of Dave Hadsel

CONTACT US

Visit and "like" our museum's official Facebook page

 

Facebook page dedicated exclusively to Harold Bell Wright

 
 

Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

LONG TIME HBW MUSEUM, BRANSON CURATOR PASSES AWAY

Spreading the news through the Harold Bell Wright community that Charles Schultz passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2015.


Charles, with his wife Ruth, were long time curators of the HBW Museum in Mutton Hollow and at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead in Branson.


This news comes from Richard Moore who said Ruth Schultz called him to say Charles died at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Gerry Chudleigh, creator of treasured HBW web site, passed away July 4, 2015

Gerry Chudleigh passed away July 4, 2015, after a year-long battle with non-smoker's lung cancer. 

Gerry Chudleigh's Obituary Page


Many Harold Bell Wright fans knew him as the keeper of an extraordinary website, "Harold Bell Wright

The Best Selling American Author of the Early 20th Century" dedicated to providing detailed and exhaustive information about the author.