The historic Mount Mora Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri, is the subject of a new documentary recently released by Scout Pictures. Mount Mora, established in 1851 is one of the oldest operating cemeteries in Saint Joseph, Missouri. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is an interpretive site of The St. Joseph Museums, Inc. Mount Mora was once the most fashionable burial place for many of St. Joseph's wealthy and powerful citizens.
The video documentary, “Legacy They Left: Mount Mora Cemetery,” explores the lives of many people buried at the cemetery. Interviews include descendants of people who were business and civic leaders, groundbreakers, politicians and soldiers from the Kansas-Missouri Border War and American Civil War era. Suzanne Lehr shares stories of three Missouri governors buried there. Sarah Elder discusses M. Jeff Thompson, Civil War general and former mayor of St. Joseph, and John Rotterman tells the story of General Robert Wilson of Andrew County. Dr. Wallace McDonald, MD, describes the life of his great-great- grandfather, Dr. Silas McDonald, and Dr. Sharon Kosek, PhD, speaks of her great-great-grandmother, Doctoress Catherine E. Vosteen.
You can view the 15 minute documentary on the Mount Mora website, www.MountMora.com. According to Suzanne Lehr, Founder of the Mount Mora Preservation and Restoration Association, Scout Pictures is working with the cemetery association to complete a longer video version that will be available for purchase to benefit the cemetery.
Scout Pictures is a full service video production company located in St. Joseph, Missouri, that specializes in documentaries, TV programs, commercial ads, as well as industrial and web videos. Scout Pictures’ principlals Bob Ford and Jim Conlon are active in area history organizations and have developed a strong portfolio of historical documentaries and video projects. Additional information on Scout Pictures, including links to their YouTube site can be found at http://www.scoutpictures.net.