The Central Museum of History is focused on specifically preserving and interpreting the history of Central Methodist University, the City of Fayette and Missouri Methodism.

Come check out the permanent display area with such favorites as the Boone Stones (grave markers of Daniel Boone and his wife, Rebecca), the Jordan Coller Collection of Civil War Artifacts (see Jordan Coller Fayette Advertiser article written by our museum curators), and the World War II-era gyro compass similar to those used on Navy ships. In addition, there is a large display of marching band instruments and uniforms of the past.

The museum's hours of operation are Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. You can also call 660-248-6341 for more information or questions regarding tours or traveling exhibits. 

Boone stones

Daniel and Rebecca Tombstones

The original tombstones for Daniel and Rebecca Boone from Marthasville, Missouri. On display at the museum. 

Jorden Collier CapCivil War Forage Cap

When Jordan Coller was taken prisoner on August 9, 1862 at Cedar Mountain, Virginia, he scratched notes on the top and bottom of his cap visor. The top surface reads: ‘Jordan Coller Co. E 46 Reg Pv Taken prisoner at Cedar Mountain on 9 of Aug" The bottom of the visor reads: “Jordan Coller Co. E 46 Regiment Pv Prisoner on Belle Island Richmond Va.”

S. S. Central VictoryS. S. Central Victory Model

This hand-made model of the WWII ship named after Central College is not to scale but is accurate as to hatch covers, booms and items of rigging. Acquired by John Barry, on loan from the CMU Alumni Association.

Springfield MusketSpringfield Musket

This 1862 Springfield musket was carried and used during the Civil War. It is 55 inches long and weighs 9 lbs. 9 oz. The rear sights can be set at 100, 200, and 300 yards. An infantryman was expected to load and fire three rounds per minute. The musket was donated to CMU by Jordan Coller.

leather football helmetLeather Football Helmet

Joe McClintic wore this helmet playing football at Central College in 1922 where he majored in History and Economics. The college yearbook describes Joe as “a scrappy center” who played both offense and defense weighing only 160 pounds.