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. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered and Revisited.” Upon Mr. Schifferdecker’s death 100 years ago, he left behind a legacy for Joplin…most notably Schifferdecker Park. The question for today…did his ghost stay behind? After all, he did die at his Sergeant Avenue mansion the day before Halloween, just ten days after his beloved wife also passed at their home.
Come and enjoy a reenactment of a bygone time with Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, the “Beer Boss Man.” Charles and Wilhelmina’s haunting portrayals will be seen at three venues over a two-day period spanning from 1876 to 1915.
Friday, October 30 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. experience an exclusive opportunity to tour Schifferdecker’s at 422 South Sergeant Avenue Home, interact with costumed characters, be entertained by The American Opera Studio, partake in refreshments, view the elaborate Halloween decorations and more. There will be a limited amount of tickets that will be sold from 5:30 to 9:30 PM.
On Saturday, October 31 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. the entertainment will shift to the little-known, original site of the “Schifferdecker Beer and Picnic Gardens.” 2220 East Hampton Place This will also be a rare occasion to tour inside the Schifferdeckers’s home and cave next to the shores of Turkey Creek. Visit the pastoral grounds where early Joplinites quenched their thirst at the “Turkey Creek Brewery.” Refreshments, habitat interpreters, old-time lawn games, professional entertainment, beer tasting and more will be in the offering.
On Saturday, Mount Hope Cemetery, 3700 North Range Line Road in Webb City, Missouri will open the Schifferdecker family’s mausoleum as a complimentary tour between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Then at 12:30 p.m., the Joplin History and Mineral Museum will bury a time capsule at the cemetery as a tribute to Charles Schifferdecker, his significant participation in the founding of Joplin’s park system and the creation of Mount Hope Cemetery. The time capsule will provide a way for us to communicate with future generations. It will also be registered in the International Time Capsule Society database. Brad Belk, executive director of the museum, will be placing significant artifacts in the time capsule. Belk will also go over the process of putting a time capsule together.
Also joining in the weekend events is the Schifferdecker Golf Course at 506 South Schifferdecker Avenue in Joplin. All day Friday, October 30 the green fees will be one dollar with the purchase of an eighteen-hole golf cart, must have a tee time and no “fivesomes.” For details and tee time, call 417-624-3533.
Your host, Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. is a non-profit organization and dedicated to the preservation of Joplin’s oldest downtown residential neighborhood through education and community involvement.
For ticket and additional information, visit www.murphysburg.org; call Paula Callihan, event chairperson at 417-483-3116; Facebook.com/Murphysburg; Murphysburg@gmail.com; or go to twitter.com/Murphysburg. Due to the design of these historic properties, handicap accessibility is limited. Call ahead for special accommodations.