Visit the museum!
REGULAR HOURS SATURDAYS 1:30-4 P.M.
April - November
(by appointment the rest of the year)
CONTACT CITY HALL TO ARRANGE A PRIVATE TOUR ANYTIME
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.
Harold Bell Wright Pierce City Museum
404 NORTH WALNUT STREET
PIERCE CITY, MISSOURI 65723
Pierce City's museum survived the 2003 tornado!
Mural depicting Pierce City history
MURAL AT PIERCE CITY LIBRARY
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
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-2 1)
Family photo of Harold Bell Wright Family including sons
Celebrate Pierce City History
The Mission of the Harold Bell Wright/Pierce City Museum is to "Celebrate Pierce City History!"
What will you find at the museum?
Items of local history including a collection of military memorabilia featuring noted citizen General Raupp.
Information about Harold Bell Wright, his time as pastor in Pierce City and a collection of his books, magazines with interviews and/or serialization of his books, post cards and movie posters, and more!
Local history books, scrap books, Grace Tinker, Theron Bennett, Martha Griffiths, and many items of interest. Cemetery maps and index for Pierce City Cemetery, including list and location of veterans graves. Many obituaries searchable on computer.
And much more!
From the family 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.
2. Back in the Good Old Days 2009.
3. Story in the Joplin Globe about Grace Tinker watercolor painting sold for fundraiser.
4. Short article written by Harold O. Taylor about Grace Tinker in the Nevada Daily Mail
(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.
MARTHA GRIFFITHS online resources
"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
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Facebook page dedicated exclusively to Harold Bell Wright
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