Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. will host an event on Saturday, September 11, 2021, to commemorate the 150th year anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Murphysburg. Murphysburg Sesquicentennial Celebration . . . Patrick Murphy’s Legacy will showcase the past and future of the Murphysburg Historic District via a behind-the-scenes tour of an ambitious preservation project, rare visits to several private gardens, pools, and porches, and numerous street fair activities.
FREE ACTIVITIES – The celebration will be on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 2 to 6 pm, on Sergeant Avenue between 2nd and 5th Street. Activities include:
- Irish heritage musical entertainment by The Sea Hollies (a local Joplin band) and Irish dancing demonstrations with audience participation.
- The area’s German heritage will also be featured with music.
- American style standards will be performed by the Heartland Concert Band.
- Walking tour and scavenger hunt
- Genealogy help table
- Period costumed reenactors
- Equestrian demonstrations by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Posse
- Miniature train rides
- Joplin’s city flower, the iris, will be spotlighted
- A Patriot Day flag ceremony will honor the victims and first responders of 9/11
- A human “1 5 0” formation will be created and photographed
- Docents will educate visitors about architectural details, stories about the original homeowners, and tidbits of history.
REFRESHMENTS will be available for purchase by mobile food vendors.
TICKETED EVENT OPTIONS – Tickets can be purchased for the beer and wine tasting tent in advance for $10, or $15 at the event. Must be 21 years old to enter the tent. Tickets are good from 2 to 6 pm. The Joplin Homebrew Club will host the beer tasting and Just a Taste will host the wine tasting.
Separate tickets can be purchased to tour the private Murphysburg gardens and pools. Advance tickets are $15, or $20 at the event. Tickets are good from 2 to 6 pm.
Limited tickets are only available in advance for $30 for the guided tour of the historic Charles Schifferdecker House and Edward Zelleken House restoration project. Guests must choose between the 2 pm tour or 4 pm tour that will take approximitly 90 minutes. Hardhats will be available, or guests may bring their own. Guests must wear closed-toe shoes on the tour. Due to the design of the historic properties, stairs, and construction activities, handicap accessibility is limited.