The armory buildings in most Missouri towns are the unheralded local face of the Missouri National Guard. Home to a part-time militia within communities around the state, the armories provide hallowed spaces to Guard members and serve the public in emergencies. Robert Wiegers presents a thorough look at the architectural and historical development of these buildings throughout the state. Divided into six categories based on architectural style, he includes 185 photos with historical data in this comprehensive inventory of Missouri’s armories.
Robert Wiegers has done an outstanding job of showing the historical development of the Missouri National Guard and its important role and that of its varied armories within the life of the local community as well as its contributions on the larger stage.
—William E. Parrish, Professor Emeritus of History,
Mississippi State University
The National Guard is the oldest component of our country’s armed forces, and its citizen-soldiers have left significant marks on public life, perhaps most visibly in the thousands of armories they have used over hundreds of years, many of which can still be seen scattered throughout the country. In Missouri Armories, historian and preservationist Dr. Robert P. Wiegers unravels the story of these armories in Missouri, in a volume that is rich in historical detail and enhanced with numerous photographs.
—Osmund Overby, Professor Emeritus,
University of Missouri
This valuable book demonstrates the symbolic importance of Missouri’s armories. Robert Wiegers skillfully relates the changing architectural styles of these iconic structures to the larger history of the Missouri National Guard and the evolving character of its missions. Those interested in military history, historic preservation, and state and local history will want to add this handsomely illustrated volume to their collections.
—William E. Foley, Professor Emeritus,
University of Central Missouri