Malden Historical Museum
If you are interested in Malden's history. . . then Malden Historical Museum should be at the top of your list. Malden Historical Museum link http://www.maldenmuseum.com provides the necessary information for making plans to visit. The museum is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:30 until 4:30 each day and special viewings may be scheduled by calling 276-4488.
The site has intriguing information with several different themes. The displays, exhibits and collections are absolutely absorbing. Even if you are not from Malden or the Bootheel of Missouri, the museum is entertaining. If you love history, then this is the place for you!
You don't want to miss the rare Dennis Collection of Egyptian Antiquities or the Southeast Missouri Room. Later I'll write some tidbits of information about the exhibits, so hope you return to the Maldenite.
Visitors can find history from the the beginning days in Malden to a room lined with memorabilia from Malden graduating classes. See collections that are a "blast from the past". (I know that is a tired phrase but I still like it.) Like to "step back" into the 50's and 60's? Then the step "down into the Alumni Room" and memories begin to fire up your imagination. Each year hundreds of Green Wave alumni return to Malden for homecoming reunion on Labor Day Weekend. The visit to this highly popular room is usually on their agenda. Flipping through the pages of yearbooks and taking in the historical collections from Malden schools is just plain fun.
When my classmates of 1965 return, one of the first things they ask me is 'When can I visit the museum?'. A compassion for their hometown burns brightly. "Their" history is so important to rekindle during the class reunion.
How did Malden get its name? This is directly from the site: "Different versions have been given concerning the way Malden got its name. The one given by Miss Mary Kochtitzky, daughter of the young civil engineer who had charge of laying out the new town, is the one accepted as the true one because it was told by her father, Otto Kochtitzky. One morning, after staying at a farm house all night, Major Clark said: "Otto, I know what to name the new town -- I dreamed it was named Malden."
Want to become a part of Malden's history? Become a member of the Malden Historical Museum. It's worth the investment!
Thanks for visiting the Maldenite. "If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." Pearl Buck