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.
In September 1871, Murphysburg was incorporated in Missouri and named for co-founder
Patrick Murphy. At the time, Murphysburg was generally on the west side of Joplin Creek
and Joplin was on the east side of the creek. Although the two cities had a contentious
relationship, they merged and incorporated in March 1873, under the name of Joplin.

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 and German
heritage musical entertainment; walking tour and scavenger hunt activities; a genealogy
help table; period costumed reenactors; equestrian demonstrations by the Jasper County
Sheriff’s Posse, miniature train rides, and more. 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.
TICKETED EVENTS – Tickets can be purchased for entering the beer and wine tasting tent
in advance for $10, or $15 at the event. Tickets for the guided hardhat tour of the historic
Charles Schifferdecker House restoration project plus private gardens/pools are $20 in
advance and $25 at the event. Due to the design of the historic properties and construction
activities, handicap accessibility is limited.
REFRESHMENTS will be available for purchase by mobile food vendors.

Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., is a non-profit organization that implements
charitable and educational activities, which promotes and stimulates historic awareness
throughout Joplin. The event is in cooperation with Joplin Historic Neighborhoods, Inc.
For details or to purchase advance tickets call 417-208-9376, send an email to
murphysburg@gmail.com, or visit www.murphysburg.org.