Historic Mt. Gilead School

Picture7.pngMt. Gilead School located just west of Kearney, Missouri, operated for over 100 years until it closed its doors in 1946. The present two story school was built in 1879. Historians believe that Mt. Gilead was the only school in the area to continuously hold classes during the Civil War.

View photos from the Mt. GIlead School program here

One-Room School Program

Clay County Historic Sites offers a unique field trip opportunity to experience history in a one-room school. A teacher in period costume instructs the class in late 1880s style with McGuffey readers. Pupils practice penmanship and perform arithmetic problems using slates. The four-hour program accommodates up to 30 students and complements required school curriculum. This popular field trip requires advance reservations. Contact Clay County Historic Sites at (816)736-8500 to schedule your group.

View photos here.

Off-Site program

If you can't come to Mt. Gilead, we can bring Mt.Gilead to you! A schoolmarm will come to your classroom dressed in period costume to provide hands-on learning while holding mini-lessons from the 1890’s. Our historic interpreter can even incorporate your students’ current lessons into their presentation. This program will last anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour, depending on what your schedule allows.

We understand that in these tough economic times, schools everywhere are under financial stress and unfortunately, field trips are being cut from budgets. Therefore, our fee for this off-site program is minimal. If you are interested in having one of our historic interpreters come and speak to your class, please call the Jesse James Farm at (816)736-8500 and make a reservation today!

Mt. Gilead Mondays

Check out our newest program, Mt. Gilead Mondays. The program is designed for homeschoolers who are unable to gather a large enough group to schedule a standard Mt. Gilead field trip, and for students in school districts that have shortened their week to exclude Mondays. Each Mt. Gilead Monday will have it's own historic theme, with historic interpretation, craft projects and games related to that theme. See our event calendar to see upcoming Mt. Gilead Monday events and themes. 

Scout programs

Mt. Gilead School offers programs for Girl and Boy Scout troops. They can be scheduled after school or on the weekend. The program, which earns participants their history badge, is conducted just like our school field trip with a schoolmarm in period costume and classes conducted as they were in 1880, complete with spelling bee. Call (816)736-8502 to schedule your scout troop today! 


Historic Mt. Gilead School is operated by the Department of Clay County Historic Sites. 


Bus Funding

Historic Mt. Gilead School is a partner of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Starting August 1st, 2015, Freedom's Frontier is offering a "Bus On Us" program, which provides bus funding for field trips within the heritage area that pertain to the themes of Freedom's Frontier (The Missouri Kansas Border War, Shaping the Frontier, and Struggles for Freedom). See the Freedom's Frontier Bus On Us flier here to find out if your school qualifies for this program, and to contact Freedom's Frontier for an application. 

contact us

Mt. Gilead Church & School

15918 Plattsburg Rd.

Kearney, Missouri 64060

phone: (816) 736-8500
fax: (816) 736-8501