It’s a park, it’s an airport, it’s a Stephens training location

All history can become hidden, but it is sometimes it seems especially true for women’s history.

This Stephens College blog post article spotlights a sign that was discovered during a demolition of an old building at Cosmo Park that revealed a bit of women’s history that probably has been nearly forgotten.

The post outlines the history of Cosmo Park, which started out as a private airport owned by the Allton brothers, who then sold it to the City of Columbia for the Columbia Municipal Airport. The runways were turned into some of the roads in the park. But from 1941-1960, the post notes, the Columbia Municipal Airport was also the home of the “Stephens College Aviation Department,” as the newly uncovered sign shows.

Do you know of any other uncovered history?

In this case, the history will now be saved. The sign will be removed and preserved until a use can be determined.

Have you found any hidden history like this and found a new use or a new way to display it?

Please leave a comment if you’ve found hidden history of women — or men — and share how you’ve reused it.

Here’s the link to the originial article: http://www.sc-scene.com/2014/06/aviation-sign-uncovered-at-columbia.html

Hear the historic piano of John William “Blind” Boone

Just the way a historic home can make the personality of a historic person come to life, so can the instrument of a long-gone musician.

On June 12, 2014, the Boone County Historic Society is hosting a night of music with some selections played on the famous Chickering Grand piano, the piano made famous by John William “Blind” Boone.

The $15, 90-minute concert starting at 7 p.m., “Jazz & Pops & Boone!” will feature three pianists, two jazz trios and one Blind Boone composition performed by Sutu Forte’. The concert will be in The Montminy Art Gallery at 3801 Ponderosa St., Columbia. Call 443-8936 for tickets.

Michael Butterworth and Zane Omohundro will take turns with drummer Andrew Sieff and Bassist Sam Copeland as they perform a 90-minute program of jazz, Broadway, and the great American Songbook.

Why is Boone famous? And who cares about the piano? Boone lived in Columbia and was the son of a runaway slave and a bugler in teh Missouri Militia. He had his eyes removed at the age of 6 months and was raised by his mother. Yet, Boone still went on to become a renown pianist, playing classical and ragtime music, throughout the nation and, some say, Europe. Before his death in 1927, he was one of the richest men — black or white — in Boone County. His home at 10 N. Fourth Street was placed on the National Register of Historic Place in 2003.

His touring company’s motto was “Merit, Not Sympathy, Wins.”

The concert will be infused with this kind of celebratory sense — and you’ll get to hear a historic piano come to life.

 

Chickering Grand. Every Blind Boone Piano Concert event features that beautiful old piano!