Civil War Preservation Fund

The Civil War Preservation Fund was created by the Missouri Civil War Museum for the purpose of allocating funding to specific preservation activities regarding historic buildings and properties, Civil War battlefields, and Civil War-related monuments, memorials, and structures.  The Civil War Preservation Fund is a restricted fund that cannot be utilized for any other purpose other than mentioned above. Funds utilized from the Civil War Preservation Fund can only be used on projects approved by the museum’s Board of Directors.   

Current Projects & Efforts

1. Luce-Dyer-Henderson-Stark Home

Location: Louisiana, Pike County, MO
Status: Stabilized (Fire Damage)
Threat: Unoccupied
Description & Brief History: Constructed in 1856 by wealthy tobacco merchant William Luce as a wedding gift for his son Homer. Sold to Colonel David P. Dyer, commander of the 49th Missouri Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and later United States Congressman of the 9th Congressional District. Col. Dyer sold the home to his good friend Brigadier General and United States Senator John Brooks Henderson a few years later. Senator Henderson is best known in history as the co-author and co-sponsor of Thirteenth Amendment that freed the slaves at the end of the Civil War.

2. Confederate Memorial Monument

Former Location: Forest Park, St. Louis, MO
Status: Preservation in Progress
Threat: Vandalism
Description & Brief History: Constructed in 1914 by the St. Louis Confederate Monument Association, this 32-foot tall granite monument was sculpted by George Julian Zolnay. The sculpture titled “The Angel of the Spirit of the Confederacy,” depicts Southern mobilization efforts, as a family is sending a loved one off to civil war. Born in Hungary, George Zolnay came to St. Louis as Director of the Art Department for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. While in St. Louis, he taught at Washington University and the Art Academy in University City.

In June 2017, the Missouri Civil War Museum acquired ownership of this monument after a brief legal battle with the City of St. Louis, Missouri. The monument was removed from its previous location in Forest Park by the Museum and is now in protective storage awaiting preservation work. The monument will ultimately be re-erected in a new location, such as a Civil War battlefield, cemetery, or museum property.

3. 1918 Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange Building

Location: Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis County, MO
Status: Under Renovation
Threat: Deterioration
Description & Brief History: Built in 1918, the Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange Building is located at the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri. This historic building, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places, was built during World War I to replace the 1905 Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange Building that was needed as a troop barracks. This building is currently under restoration and is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2017. The building will be utilized as a new Civil War educational center and will house the museum’s library and manuscript collections.

Completed Projects

1. 1905 Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange Building

Location: Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis County, MO
Status: Completed in 2013
Former Threat: Abandonment, deterioration
Description & Brief History: Built in 1905, the Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange Building is located at the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri. This historic building, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places, was built at the turn of the century as a commissary store and recreational athletic building. The structure served as a troop barracks from World War I until it became a hospital overflow ward during World War II. After World War II, the building became vacant and no longer maintained for the next six decades until placed in care of the Missouri Civil War Museum. After a ten-year historic restoration, the 1905 Building is now a 16,000 square foot Civil War museum and is open to the public.

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Other Projects In Progress

The Missouri Civil War Museum is also currently raising funds to assist in the preservation efforts of the Luce-Dyer-Henderson-Stark Home in Louisiana, Missouri that was severely damaged in a catastrophic arson fire in July 2016. This historically-significant home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the former home of Senator John Brooks Henderson, co-author of the Thirteenth Amendment.

The Missouri Civil War Museum is also currently raising funds to assist in the preservation efforts of the 1918 Post exchange Building located in historic Jefferson Barracks. This historically significant building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.