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Cultural Heritage Center

103 S. 4th Street
Linn, MO 65051
(573) 897-2932
Cultural Heritage  Center

On a mission to preserve the history of the county, the major purpose of the Cultural Heritage Center is to provide a permanent and safe home for the Society's collections of documents, records, photographs and genealogical materials of historical significance.

Everett Waller from the Osage Nation blesses the new building
Many of our previous storage places lacked humidity and climate control. The Heritage Center serves as a site for traveling art and historical displays sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum and other exhibitors.

Located immediately south of the Zewicki House Museum, The center is a 4,800 square foot barn-like structure in keeping with the national historic register designation of the Zewicki House as an urban farmstead. It was common for homeowners in the late 1800's to have barns, chicken houses and other out buildings – even if located within city limits.

Following a five-year capitcal campaign for its construction, the center was completed in 2013; The campaign recived funds from individuals, estates, and securities.

Cultural Heritage Center & Plaza (seen front)

In memoriam, the Heritage Plaza next to the facility has engraved bricks. Over 90 individual bricks have been purchased and others continue to purchase memorial bricks.

Something to see for yourself – the Cultural Hertiage Center is an authentic preservatory. Please consider stopping by to visit us and delve into our collection of materials!

Here you will find family histories, birth and death records, marriage licenses, church and cemetery records, county newspapers on microfilm, atlases, and an experienced staff.  It is the only place in the county to provide extensive research options and now even searches Internet databases and online resources.

Research Policies

If you're a member of OCHS, or decide to become a member, you are entitled to use the resources at the Cultural Heritage Center FREE of charge. Non-members MUST purchase a membership in order to use the CHC or to have research done for them.

We do limited in-house research for members as time allows. Osage County was formed in 1841 and we have census records from 1840 through 1910; naturalization records, marriage records, cemetery records, probate tax and land deed records (on microfilm). We also have plat books, maps, county histories, family histories, and keep a vertical file of all requests for family information.

We are here to be of service, and welcome your inquiries.