June 05, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Police Museum open for First Friday Art Walk

The recently renovated Springfield Police Museum located in the Calaboose at 409 W. McDaniel, will be open 6-9 p.m. June 7 for First Friday Art Walk. The Calaboose was built in 1891 and used until the 1940s. The museum offers displays of uniforms, badges, equipment and weapons from the proud history of the Springfield Police Department.

The Calaboose (a term for a local jail) is the oldest existing structure owned by the City of Springfield. It was rescued from deterioration caused by age, weather, and lack of ongoing maintenance. This federally recognized historical restoration returns the structure to use as a police substation and includes the police museum on the first floor. Information gathered from research in the City archives was used to assure historic accuracy in the restorative design. Whenever available, original materials were used and reconstruction components were consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation Projects. In addition, the State of Missouri Historical Preservation Program was involved throughout the entire project to ensure a high standard of restoration and quality of workmanship. Their involvement, along with great attention to detail, enabled this structure to return to prominence in the community.

Parking is free and available in the parking garage next to the museum. Find the Springfield Police Museum on Facebook.

Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
O: 864-1786 | C: 839-5301
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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