St. Jo is still a small (-ish - 75,000 or so) river town in northwestern Missouri. It does not have a major history as "The Home of . . ." or "The Home of . . .", but it has a quaint feel. You would not expect a major museum here and there is not one. However, what they HAVE is well done and well conceived. The three museums (Glore, Black Archives and St. Joseph) are housed in one place and are interconnected. What you get is a taste of local natural history, a taste of the West (St. Jo was the Eastern terminus of the fabled Pony Express), a taste of the Civil War, local Black History, and a history of the state psychiatric hospital (a.k.a. "State Lunatic Asylum No. 2" in "The Day"). Surely the setup of these museums is a bit eclectic, but St. Jo has taken several diverse museums and meshed them to offer an interesting portrayal of the city from several perspectives.
It is a nice day-trip from Kansas City, and worth the time.
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