Past Events in Murphysburg

Murphysburg has gone PINK & PURPLE

Murphysburg has gone PINK & PURPLE In order to honor victims, patients, survivors, and their loved ones during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the historic Murphysburg residential district (generally Sergeant and Moffet...

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Home for the Holidays Christmas Tour

Starts with Bourbon Tasting on Friday Evening Date/Time: Friday - December 8, 2017 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Location: Scottish Rite Cathedral-505 S. Byers Avenue, Joplin Taste Bourbon where Turn-of-the-Century Capitalists and Entrepreneurs Cultivated Business Deals and...

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Joplin Area Veterans Day Parade

Joplin Area Veterans Day Parade Saturday November 5, 2016 CELEBRATE • HONOR • REMEMBER The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Veterans Day is the solemn day to thank all those that served in our military both in wartime and in peacetime.  Help...

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Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Membership Meeting Morgan's Grocery Store Save the Date! 2016 Murphysburg Annual Membership Meeting Location: Morgan’s Grocery Store, circa 1934, 505 West Second Street Hosts: Dr. Blake Webster and Dr. Amykay Cole Date: Friday, October 14, 6:30 pm Guest...

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Joplin Jewish Temple

Open House for the 100 Year Anniversary of Joplin’s Jewish Temple Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) will partner with the United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin when the doors of the iconic Jewish temple at 702 South Sergeant Avenue will open to the public...

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Monuments of Murphysburg Tour

Mount Hope Cemetery Tour Many thanks to our VOLUNTEERS! Your valuable time helping with the Monuments Tour of Historic Murphysburg at Mount Hope Cemetery on June 14th was a great success thanks to the 25 volunteers that made the tour possible and fun.  Sincerely, HMP...

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Dickensfest 2010

Dickensfest 2010-2011-2012-2013-2014 Dickensfest is Joplin's Murphysburg Historic Residential District signature holiday festival. Live shows, characters, animals, nativity, petting zoo, concerts, music, arts, crafts, Olde English Village, food, Victorian Magic...

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Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited

Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) will now celebrate another era of significance by highlighting its most notable businessman and philanthropist.  On October 30 and 31, 2015, HMP’s newest event is, “Mr....

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100th Year Anniversary of the Historic Frisco Building

100th Year Anniversary of the Historic Frisco Building The 100th year anniversary celebration of the historic Frisco Building, 601-605 South Main Street, Joplin, Missouri will be held on Thursday, October 17 starting at 4 p.m.  The event will be held in conjunction...

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Don’t miss the Missouri Preservation Conference to be held this year in historic Boonville September 18-20. In addition to the full schedule of educational sessions, two full-day workshops will be conducted – one concerning Historic Building Development & Tax Credits...

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Pink & Purple

Dear Murphysburg Neighbors and Friends,

In order to honor victims, patients, survivors, and their loved ones during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the historic Murphysburg residential district (generally Sergeant and Moffet from First to Seventh Streets) is going purple and pink.  Many trees that line our parkways will soon sport purple and pink ribbons during the month of October.

“We hope seeing the purple ribbons in Murphysburg will start a conversation about domestic violence, and raise awareness not only about the problem, but about where people can turn for help,” said Louise Secker, Lafayette House Development Director.  “We can help families be safe, and help them heal through counseling and other support services.”  Phone number: 417-782-1772.

During October, the Lafayette House is encouraging people to “go purple” to raise awareness of domestic violence and its impact on families in our community.  Other awareness activities will be visible in the community such as Missouri Southern State University and Kansas City University Medical School.

The Murphysburg district will also have pink ribbons—like last year—to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.  About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early.  A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find the disease early when it is easier to treat.

“This is a call to action for all Joplin residents to make that doctor’s appointment, perform a breast self-exam, donate your time or money, or use social media to raise awareness,” said Paula Callihan, Murphysburg homeowner. “While there is no cure, we hope the pink ribbons will remind individuals that early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer.”

To learn about the architecture and history of our unique homes, visit and click on “Walking Tour.” Scroll down to see the self-guided tour map with correlating history.

About Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. – A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of Joplin’s oldest residential neighborhood through education and community involvement.  The public can gain additional information about historic preservation and events via or