Community Venue

Honor the Past.

When Memorial Hall was being planned, our forefathers stated their intentions for a building that would serve as a community gathering place, as well as a civic center that would provide for elected officials to use the building to serve their constituents. 

Memorial Hall has hosted numerous civic meetings, public events with various presidential candidates and other officials providing remarks to the people of Joplin and the area. It has also served as an aid and shelter during public need, such as the catastrophic ice storm in the early 2000’s when many had nowhere else to go for warmth and sustenance, and the emergency first aid and medical assistance following the devastating 2011 tornado.

Black and white image of a community event inside Memorial Hall, date unknown
Image of temporary hospital inside Memorial Hall after the May 2011 tornado

Imagine the Future.

Plans for the renovation recognize the significance of this downtown facility and address areas that citizens voiced in surveys and public meetings.  

  • Continue to serve the community needs as an emergency shelter, a first aid center in a disaster.
  • Host site for public meetings
  • Offer indoor & outdoor family entertainment options
  • Preserve a Historic Landmark – Memorial Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Continue to serve the Community as a well-known downtown anchor
A concept of the renovated Memorial Hall as if you are standing in front of it
Photo of a row of cots set up inside an emergency shelter
A woman at a food truck window picking up her order
A man, woman, and child all smiling and walking away from an outdoor event