Adair County Historical Society Building
211 South Elson Street, Kirksville, Missouri 63501-3466. 1-660-665-6502

ACHS 2019 Calendar - Mysteries of Adair County

The Adair County Historical Society 2019 calendars are available. $5.00 each
The theme this year is The Mysteries of Adair County.
You can pick one up at the Adair County Historical Society Wed., Thurs., Fri. 1:00 - 4:00
or call during those hours to have one sent to you. You will need to include postage.

If you have pictures please email them to

Annual Fall Banquet/Meeting

Our 2019 banquet is to be determined

The Adair Historian

Current Issue

October 2018 Magazine Cover October 2018 Supplement

Our Fall 2018 issue of the Adair Historian has been published. It contains a fictional diary from 1916, memories of being a coal miner's daughter, and a supplement containing information about Kirksville in 1918, the year World War I ended. For members, this 36-page publication is in the mail. If you are not a member but would like a copy, they are $5 at the museum or $8 by mail. Mail to 211 S. Elson St., Kirksville, MO 63501. We are open Wed., Thurs., and Fri. 1:00 to 4:00. Back issues of our magazine are also available! Become a Historical Society member and receive future quarterly issues free!

Online Archive
This is a list of articles published in the The Adair Historian published by the Adair County Historical Society beginning in 1998 through 2009. The article titles are listed in chronological order by date printed. One can use a browser’s search feature (ctrl + f) to check for particular names or words.
To Obtain Hard Copies: The ACHS will send up to three articles from this index for a $10.00 minimum charge plus $3.00 each thereafter. Send your request including the article names, and where they are located including the year, season, volume and page number plus a check made payable to the Adair County Historical Society at 211 South Elson, Kirksville, MO 63501. The request must include a self-addressed envelope (legal sized) with enough postage to cover the return mailing by first class (up to 4 pages = 1 oz. postage, 5-9 pages = 2 oz. and 10-15 pages = 3 oz.).
Researchers may also view all volumes of The Adair Historian at the Society’s museum and library at the above address and make copies for twenty-five cents a page. Regular visiting hours are 1 - 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Call 660-665-6502 if you have questions.

Mostly Ghosts

Novinger Photo Collection

The Adair County Historical Society "Mostly Ghosts" photo collection by Cyrus Truitt is available at the ACHS. It has one thousand pictures, mostly in or around Novinger. The information is available by photo number, subject, and surname. Click here for more information.

Novinger History Book

Novinger Renewal has been considering making a reprint of its 2001 history book - Novinger (Adair County), Missouri The People, The Town and The Surrounding Communities * 768 pages * hardbound * 134 biographies * coal mines * railroads * history of all place-names in county west of the Chariton River * businesses * complete 76 page all-name index * 17 maps * 669 photos and much more...

2001 history books will be available at the cost of $55. Arrangements can be made to pick up books in Novinger or Kirksville locations by calling 660-488-5280. To request a copy by mail send the $55 payment, along with shipping costs of book rate ($5.25) OR priority mail ($10.95), to Novinger Renewal, 15892 State Highway 6, Novinger, MO 63559.
Gary's email address .

The index for the book can be viewed at:
It is a large document and may take a little while to open.


The Adair County Historical Society was founded in 1976. The Society is fulfilling its mission "to collect and preserve history of Adair County. The Adair County Historical Society has collections of Adair County history artifacts, documents, narratives, and photographs. Feel free to ask us about research, educational programs, and tours. The ACHS is a non-profit institution and organization. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.

Located at 211 South Elson Street
Kirksville, Missouri 63501-3466.
Phone: 1-660-665-6502

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Have a question about Adair? Ask the Historians at the Adair County Museum!
211 South Elson Street, Kirksville, Missouri 63501-3466.
The ACHS museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1 - 4 p.m.

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