Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

Arts, Entertainment & Sports Ways of Living Women's History

The southwest façade the two-story home of the Bess Streeter Aldrich, also known as “The Elms.”

Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881–1954) was an American fiction writer who famously depicted authentic Midwestern small-town life through realistic characters often inspired by her life in Nebraska. Her home in Elmwood has been converted to a museum that honors her legacy and displays memorabilia such as original manuscripts, furniture and significant family keepsakes. A visit to the Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum offers a glimpse into the author’s life as it would have been in early 20th century Elmwood.


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