The Raytown Historical Society & Museum
9705 East 63rd Street
The Raytown Historical Society was founded in 1966 by community minded citizens who were concerned that the history of Raytown was not being formally documented and preserved.
The researching, writing, gathering of photographs and the collecting of artifacts began with members of benevolent families coming forth to share their knowledge, genealogy and family mementos. For the next 44 years, this project continued, in earnest. In 1982, Raytown’s first fire station was acquired to house all that had been collected. The first charter members of the society numbered 50 and has since grown to 282, at the present time. All of our events are open to the public.
The Historical Society serves the community in a number of ways: Selecting important sites where historical markers are placed to inform and educate our community as to the key locations of our history; holding group discussions and programs to further the knowledge of the past as well as the present; maintaining a depository for all pertinent records concerning Raytown and its people.
Historic tours, excellent rotating displays, dinners programs, hosting alumni groups, conducting special tours for students and various organizations are all part of the life at the Raytown Historical Museum.
Whether you seek a step back in time or subjects of the current day, it can be found at your museum. Our trained volunteers are on duty to help you Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00.
The Santa Fe, Oregon & California National Historic Trails across Raytown are now officially marked with new National Park Service signs. You can now follow the original route from 51st & Blue Ridge Blvd to the south Raytown City limits at 83rd & Blue Ridge Blvd.
These signs were provided from a grant to the Santa Fe Trail Association by the National Park Service. The local Chapter, the Missouri River Outfitters, worked with the Raytown City officials to get them installed. In addition to the local tour route signs, a Historic Site sign has been installed at the Archibald Rice-Tremonti Home at 66th & Blue Ridge. The signs through Raytown are part of a program that will eventually have signs from Franklin, MO to Santa Fe, NM.
There are several new additions to the National Historic Trails. The Raytown Historical Society Museum as a certified interpretive center on the trails and the Rice-Tremonti Home as a historic site, a total of 3 sites in Raytown that are nationally certified by the National Park Service. The National Historic Trails continue to be an integral asset to the Raytown community and will continue to provide future economic advantages for Raytown and its citizens.