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Image Above: Acuff Chevrolet, 3rd and Market, Lee's Summit, c. 1940s.

HSLS MISSION STATEMENT: To inspire curiosity and foster learning about Lee's Summit's past by providing engaging, individual, and unique experiences for the community. We believe history begins today.

The Historical Society of Lee's Summit maintains a museum in the 1939 Post Office in downtown Lee's Summit on West Main Street. The museum originally opened October 4, 1991 in the south end of the historic 1905 train depot. On April 22, 2015 it re-opened in its new home. The museum houses a number of historic artifacts, maps, and photos of early Lee's Summit. Operating hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm and Saturdays from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Lee's Summit Historical Society Logo image

Our logo pays homage to William B. Howard's beautiful colonial home
he built around 1854 near Lee's Summit.

Board Members:

  • Chair: Fred Grogan
  • Vice Chair: Mike Dodig
  • Secretary: Sue Hart
  • Treasurer: John Wisniewski
  • Board Member: Denise Chisum
  • Board Member: Mary Conkling
  • Board Member: Ken Davis
  • Board Member: John Edwards
  • Board Member: Jarad Falk
  • Board Member: Rick Wasson
  • Board Member: Jon Plaas
  • Board Member: Jeanne Smith
  • Executive Director: Kathy Smith

The Historical Society is always interested in obtaining photos, abstracts, artifacts, post cards, maps, etc. pertaining to Lee's Summit. All donations will be appreciated and credited to the donors. Monetary donations are also accepted. To learn more about the history of Lee's Summit, become a member of the Historical Society, or learn about how to volunteer, contact Kathy Smith 816.287.4477. The Historical Society of Lee's Summit is a 501C3 not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.




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