Open 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays

P.O. Box 142

201 N. Beckwith - Malden, MO 63863



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  • Malden Established April 22, 1878


Welcome to the Malden Historical Museum. We are home to displays that not only reflect the history of Malden, but also such treasures as the Dennis Collection of Egyptian Antiquities with items that date back thousands of years. There is small donation request  to tour the Malden Historical Museum and the public is welcome during normal visiting hours (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:30 until 4:30).


Donations of historical photographs of Malden and citizens of Malden is accepted after review by the board and a signed release is filled out by donars.

Call us a 573-276-5008 for private tours of the museum for individuals or groups.

E-Mail us for information and tours.

Retirement Celebration Virginia Hoehn

Celebrated 35 Years As Docent

For Malden Historical Museum


Enjoy a virtual tour of the museum's different exhibit rooms.

"Everyone has deep in their heart the old town or community where they first went barefooted, got his first licking, traded the first pocket knife, grew up and finally went away thinking they here to big for that Burg. But that's where your old heart is."--Will Rogers

Front Room

Period Garments

Egyptian Room

Indian Artifacts

Alumni Room

Southeast MO Room

Guest Exhibits


Malden Historical Museum Offers Videos About The Museum, Southeast Missouri and A Special Video of Malden Filmed in 1958

  • One Hour and 10 Minutes
  • Filmed By Virgil Harris
  • Donated To Museum By Shawn Harris
  • Downtown Malden Business
  • Video Malden Schools
  • Businesses On Highway 25
  • Scene Selections On DVD

Note: A new production of the 1958 is being edited and the video will not be available immediately but order today and when the new release is complete, you will get a new DVD. Thanks for any support of the museum.

Explore Museum Videos of Malden's History


 The Malden Historical Museum was founded in 1955 by Mary Kochtitzky, who began collecting historical information and articles from area residents. The museum began in one room in the back of the Malden Library which was founded by her sister Elise Kochtitzky Byrd. Many antiques were donated to the museum for display and soon the meager space available was overwhelmed with a wide variety of items to display. A number of displays were set up at the museum for visitors to view and those displays were changed often by rotating them with items in storage. The museum continued to grow and was a favorite spot for visitors, especially school children who came individually and in groups.


In 1980 Floyd and Vera Brown donated their home at 201 North Beckwith Street to the museum. Following extensive renovation, the Malden Historical Museum opened its doors at its new home in 1983 where it is still located today. Thanks to the generosity and support of the citizens of Malden, the museum has been able to continue its purpose of preserving the history of the area. The museum receives no financial assistance from the city, state or national governments and is solely funded by memberships, memorials and donations. Over the years, the museum has seen visitors from 23 states and four foreign countries as well as many from within Missouri. A number of school classes, youth organizations and other groups have also toured the facility.


Many special exhibits have been on display, including the "Back to the 40s and 50s," "Easter Bonnets," "History of Malden Schools," and "Barn Again." Don't miss the "Archival Room" where the store of histories, oral tapes, maps and pictures is steadily increasing. All are being gathered into one room for easy access and preservation.


The Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 1:30 until 4:30 each day and special viewing's may be scheduled by calling 276-5008 during open hours or by email. You may also call Sue Bostic at 276-5663 to make arrangements.


     The Malden Historical Museum is staffed by Elizabeth Haskins and  Sue Bostic, along with many volunteers and is operated under the auspices of a Board of Trustees.


The Board of Trustees deeply appreciates your support and urges you to become a member. With a donation of $100 or more, names of your choice may be placed on the "In Memorial" and the "Special Recognition" plaques.

Director David Black



Director Walker Culp



Director Sue Bostic

Secretary & Treasurer


Director Charles Dierks


Director Christa Riley Culp


Director Randy Moore


Director Stokes Howell



Director Roger East





 The City of Malden, located five miles south of the north boundary line of Dunklin County, sits on a sand ridge extending north and south between the lowlands of New Madrid County on the east and the foothills of the Ozarks on the west. Malden forms an important link in the chain of progressive cities that extend from north to south through this part of Missouri, which is called the Bootheel.


     The location is ideal for a growing prosperous city because of the rich level farm lands surrounding it, the drainage ditches east and west, and the railways and highways passing through. Early settlers, long before Malden was thought of, engaged in hunting, trapping and farming. The first white man to locate in Dunklin County was Howard Moore in 1829, at a place just south of what is now Malden. M. Gibony built the first little "clapboard" grocery store in the county in 1844. Farms along this ridge were few and far apart, but the people were friendly and hospitable.


     Wheat grew in the hills west of here and people went there to fill their straw bed ticks, which were used for mattresses. Bed ticks were also filled with feathers plucked from chickens, ducks and geese, placed on top of the straw-filled one, and a very comfortable bed was made.


     Rev. Riley Hatley lived and preached in a big log house. When weather permitted, the services were in the yard under the big locust trees. In cold or rainy weather the congregation gathered inside. People came from miles around to hear a gospel message once a month. Later, the "circuit rider" came through once a month and preached in the Old Union Church building.


     Pioneer settlers knew that better methods of transportation were necessary before the wheels of progress could bring better things to them. So a group of Dunklin County men joined with a group of New Madrid County men and formed an organization called the Blanton Plank Road Company. This company was incorporated under a special act of the Legislature in 1855 for the purpose of constructing a toll road across the swamps directly west from New Madrid to the high land in Dunklin County. They were given a grant of 100,000 acres of swamp land to aid in carrying forward this expensive undertaking. The road was barely completed when the Civil War interrupted business and nothing further was done to maintain it.


     In 1877, the Little River Valley and Arkansas Railroad was extended from New Madrid to a place we now call Malden -- then it was Brom Beckwith's cotton field. This was the western terminus of the road, and because of the nature of the country, the promoters decided to build a railroad town on this ridge to furnish supplies necessary for carrying out a great reclamation project.


     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." So it has been called Malden ever since.


The first house was built by S.W. Spiller and Daniel Haynes and used for a store. Spiller was the first postmaster. Later, a committee headed by James Gregory, S.W. Spiller and Daniel Haynes, accompanied by 27 others, presented a petition to the county court at Kennett asking that they be incorporated and a police department established for their local government. The petition was granted on April 22, 1878, and the town of Malden was incorporated. Many business and professional men came to cast their lots with the fast-growing community. It is said that in 1880, there were four stores and five saloons on Main Street. The Town of Malden became the City of Malden on March 19, 1889. The first brick buildings were the Levi Mercantile Company in 1889, the Dunklin County Bank in 1890, and the City Hall in 1891 (which was later razed and rebuilt in 1936).


     The Dunklin County Bank was built in 1890 and was one of the first brick buildings to be erected in Dunklin County. It still stands today and is currently occupied by Southern Missouri Bank and Trust at the corner of Main and Douglas Streets. Malden not only boasts of having the first brick building, but also of having the first light and power plant, the first telephone system and the first bank in Dunklin County. For a time, it was the largest city in the county. There are volumes of information on the history of Malden and Dunklin County available to the public at the Malden Historical Museum.



Like The Above Images From Our Photographic History Book?

The Order Informtion Is Below.

  • Limited Edition $20
  • 7x7 Professional Print
  • Soft Cover
  • Premium Lustre Paper
  • Beautiful Gloss Cover

Here is how to order:

Make your check payable:


Malden Historical Musem

201 North Beckwith

Malden, MO 63863



FOR ONLY $4.99


Allen Black Newspaper Archives



This is an expensive and ambitious project that will take lots of planning, fund raising and support from museum members. We believe this is one of the most sought after request for research, education and pure enjoyment.


Many years ago, Allen Black, publisher, editor and one of the owners of the Malden Press-Merit spent years collecting all newspaper editions of Malden's paper. Mr Black was a true historian at heart and believed that all legal newspapers are the most important collection of history in the strictest sense.

After years of using his free time to collect all papers in the order of publication, Allen Black shipped each issue in boxes laid down in chronological order to the University of Missouri. The University Press bound the books in handsome hard covers and microfilmed each page of all published editions.

The years from 1904 to 1994 were included in this historical collection which will soon be available on this website.

Thanks to the many members who have supported this major project with donations and support.

This year at the annual homecoming event the Malden High School class of 1965 raised $1,900 in funds to help kick off this major project. Thanks for the generous donations from all class members who participated.

The Malden Arts Council raised funds during the recent Malden homecoming 2015 and donated $1,000 to the museum. Their support will be in part to complete the ambitious project for viewing and researching Malden's history using this newspaper PDF archives on the museum website.

We hope this new research capability will be exciting and help build our membership to new levels of excitement. Thanks to everyone for their support.


Trustees of the museum know first hand that many donations made by members and non-members cannot be exhibited but must be stored due to the lack of exhibit space. There is a need to not only preserve the past but prepare for the future donations as the history of Malden continues well into the future. This is the most ambitious project to undertake and it will take the heart and soul of all Maldenites that care about preserving the history of Malden to become a reality.

Trustees are always seeking ideas on how to make this huge undertaking to become a reality. Please join us to make this happen. Becoming a member is a great start and volunteering to raise money for making the new home a reality is the first step. We appreciate all support. Come by the museum to tour. Bring your children to help them understand how their parents and grandparents help build the city of Malden from its first day when it was founded in April 22, 1878.


Since the museum depends solely upon memberships, donations and memorials, this is necessary and greatly appreciated. Families are always notified in the case of contributions given as memorials. All memorials are listed in a permanent record book. Membership fees are listed below. Make checks payable to the Malden Historical Museum by using the USPS or please use our PayPal link below.




  • $25 Individual or Family Member
  • $100 or More Patron
  • $500 or More Benefactor
  • $1,000 or More Angel






Board members not pictured in the group photograph: Steve Wallace, Betty Arnold, Bill Norrid, Ballard VanCleve, Ron Phelps, Tootsie Broyles, Marilyn Cowgill, Gina Santie, Charles Mitchell, Jackie Mitchell, Ray Santie, Patty Mays, Randy Moore
and Jackie Dierks.



  • Limited Edition $20
  • 7x7 Professional Print
  • Soft Cover
  • Premium Luster Paper
  • Beautiful Gloss Cover



FOR ONLY $4.99

Here is how to order:

Make your check payable:


Malden Historical Musem

201 North Beckwith

Malden, MO 63863

Photograph Book
  • One Hour and 10 Minutes
  • Filmed By Virgil Harris
  • Donated To Museum By Shawn Harris
  • Downtown Malden Business
  • Video Malden Schools
  • Businesses On Highway 25
  • Scene Selections On DVD
1958 DVD


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The museum's goal is to protect and preserve the history of Malden, Missouri. We will be ready to assist you with any question about donations or gifts for preservations and display.



ADDRESS: PO Box 142, 201 N. Beckwith,  Malden, MO. 63863


PHONE: 573-276-5008