The Longwell Museum
Crowder College | Neosho, Missouri
The Longwell Museum was established in 1970 after the creatives Dan and Mary Longwell. Dan and Mary met and married in New York while publishing LIFE Magazine. They gave their lives to the arts and worked endlessly to bring it to the public. In 1954 they moved to Neosho, Missouri to settle after retirement where Dan had spent some of his childhood. The Longwell's admired Neosho deeply and believed in the place it could be. They helped found Crowder College and they helped bring beauty to Neosho through an endless pursuit to share art with the public. They cared for artist and creatives all over the world, encouraging them in their giftings. Dan and Mary longed for art to be shared because they saw the effect it has on the world.
The Longwell Museum lives out their legacy to enjoy, encourage, and experience art of all mediums. It carries a permanent collection of artifacts from Camp Crowder, many of Thomas Hart Benton's original lithographs, the famed Daisy Cook Collection, and several other donated art pieces. The Longwell Museum continues to collect monetary donations and art after being reviewed and exhibits local art throughout the year.
It is a real treasure of Crowder College and Neosho, Missouri that lives out the Longwell's dedication and rich endearment to art.