About Us

About Us

Post Art Library is a privately endowed not-for-profit special library + art gallery that’s located inside of the Joplin Public Library. This unique partnership allows us to fulfill our mission while providing a mutually beneficial component to public library service.

OUR MISSION

Post Art Library’s mission is to enrich the community of Joplin by perpetuating Dr. Winfred L. and Elizabeth C. Post’s love of art, architecture, history, and historic preservation through public access to arts-related library resources and services, educational programming, events, and exhibits.

WINFRED L. & ELIZABETH C. POST

Winfred and Elizabeth Post were generous philanthropists who actively supported the arts in Joplin. They helped found the Joplin Historical Society and George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Winfred was an active civic leader and Elizabeth devoted her life to serving others. They received many awards and honors for their efforts.

The Posts had planned to leave their house, furniture, and art collections as a museum for the community of Joplin. But their wishes were accomplished in another way. In 1981, Post Art Library opened to the public in the Post Memorial Wing of the Joplin Public Library. Post Art Library is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit administered by the Winfred L. and Elizabeth C. Post Foundation.

POST FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chuck Brown (Secretary/Treasurer)
Val Christensen
Cindy Curchin
Kate DeTar
Sara Fisher (President)
Nick Kyle
Virginia Laas
Sharyn Lee
Sara Newman

PAL EXHIBITIONS COMMITTEE

Sara Fisher
Emily Frankoski
Nick Kyle
Kyle McKenzie
Jill Sullivan