- Today Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – until? The Rocheport Merchants Association has posted on Facebook that volunteers to help sandbag are being sought. Check out the RMA’s Facebook page “>here.
- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019 — Get involved now, enjoy the Bicentennial in 2021! Right now, the Mayor’s Task Force on the Bicentennial Celebration is making plans for our city’s 200th birthday. Every person’s input is needed to make this a truly inclusive event. The Taskforce’s next public meeting will be held in the Walton Building at 300 S. Providence Road. What? Haven’t heard about this upcoming big bash? The task force was launched in February of 2018. It announced three goals for its plans: diversity, creating a lasting tribute to the 200 years of Columbia’s history and having a fun celebration.
- 1-4 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2019 — History Comes Alive. This free, family friendly event is in its third year. Held at the Columbia Cemetery, the event features repeated performances all afternoon of experienced actors including Ed Hanson portraying well-known Columbians. Here’s a video of Cindy Mustard of Friends of the Historic Columbia Cemetery on Paul Pepper and Friends. This year’s event will include portrayals of entrepreneur and former slave Henry Kirklin, architect Mary Louise Hale Lafon, suffragist Helen Guthrie, businessman Jefferson Garth, educator and legislator David H. Hickman and entrepreneur Frederick Niedermeyer. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Historic Columbia Cemetery, a nonprofit.
- June 19-June 21, 2019 — Missouri Preservation’s annual conference will be held in St. Joseph, Missouri this year. Missouri Preservation, also known as the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation. Headquartered in St. Louis, it is a nonprofit dedicated to education, advocacy and assistance. Its conferences highlight preservation efforts and provide education and networking opportunities. Anyone can attend. The conference costs between $75 and $230 depending on how much of the conference you plan to attend. Register here.
- 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019, & 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 — Boone County is holding listening sessions to get community input for its bicentennial celebration. Here’s a news release about the May 14 listening session to be held in the Centralia City Hall Community Room at 114 S. Rollins St., in Centralia. Here’s a link to the news release about the May 21 session to be held in the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC), meeting room C at 1701 W. Ash St. in Columbia
- The release states:
“Local artist/educator Stacy Self (Wildy World) will be creating a large mural in the shape of Boone County that depicts 200 years of Boone County history. Self, well-known for her work creating murals as community collaborations, will divide the entire space into pieces, each representing distinct geographic sections of the County. For each piece, she will seek community input about what is unique and important about that area. Based on that input, Self will design the artwork and then the community will be invited to return and paint its portion of the mural. After all pieces are complete, they will be joined to form the “map” of Boone County, which will be on display during 2020 in the Boone County History & Culture Center. At the close of the Bicentennial Year, the pieces will be given to the communities that created them, where they will be displayed for posterity.” For more information, contact Janet Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-886-4309.
- 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 18 — 155th Birthday Party for John William “Blind” Boone in the historic Boone house at 10 N. Fourth St. The free event will include food and music and an opportunity to see the stunning restoration of this Victorian home.
- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019 — The Mayor’s Task Force on the Bicentennial Celebration will meet in the Walton Building at 300 S. Providence Road. The task force is planning the celebration of Columbia’s 200th anniversary. The meeting is open to the public. The task force was launched in February of 2018. It announced three goals for its plans: diversity, creating a lasting tribute to the 200 years of Columbia’s history and having a fun celebration.
- 1-4 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2019 — History Comes Alive. This free, family friendly event is in its third year. Held at the Columbia Cemetery, the event features actors portraying well-known Columbians. This year’s roster includes agricultural entrepreneur Henry Kirklin, architect Mary Louise Hale Lafon, suffragist Helen Guthrie, businessman Jefferson Garth, educator and legislator David H. Hickman and entrepreneur Frederick Niedermeyer. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Historic Columbia Cemetery, a nonprofit.
- June 19-June 21, 2019 — Missouri Preservation annual conference in St. Joseph, Missouri. Each year, Missouri Preservation, a state nonprofit dedicated to education, advocacy and assistance, holds a conference. The conference highlights preservation efforts and provides education and networking opportunities. Anyone can attend. The conference costs between $75 and $230 depending on how much of the conference you plan to attend. Register here. The organization’s full name is the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation and it is headquartered in St. Louis.
Mark your calendar:
- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 — The African American Press in Missouri, a lecture about African American newspapers in Missouri. The presentation will be given by Debra Foster Greene, Lincoln University professor emerita of history. From 1875 to 1970, Missouri had more than 60 black-owned newspapers. The event is free and will be held in the Stotler Lounge in the Memorial Student Union. It will start with light refreshment at 6 p.m., with the lecture at 6:30 p.m. and an opportunity to meet Greene at 7:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri.
- 11:59 p.m. (E.T.) Tuesday, April 30 — Deadline to comment on changes to the National Register of Historic Places. According to this April 26, 2019 article in Forbes magazine, new rules are to be put in place that will make it more difficult to have places placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Being on the Register does not protect a property fro demolition, but it can make it eligible for tax incentives. The two changes call for making it possible for one landowner within an area to “override the consensus of the population of an entire district.” It would also change the rules for nominating properties that are controlled by Federal agencies, making it impossible for local agencies to “advocate for sites within their own communities.”
- 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019 — The Historic Preservation Commission of the city of Columbia will hold its regular monthly meeting in Conference Room 1B in City Hall at 701 E. Broadway. The HPC is designed to educate and inform the community about the city’s “historical, archeological and architectural heritage,” according to the city’s website. The HPC also “investigates and recommends to the Council the adoption of ordinances…” Meetings of the HPC are open to the public.
- June 19-21, 2019 — Registration for the Missouri Preservation’s annual conference is open. The event will be held in St. Joseph, Missouri and work sessions range from saving brick buildings to tax credits to window restoration and repair. The event is $75 for one day, $150 for two days and $230 for the entire event. Missouri Preservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocation and assistance. Transparency note: I attended this event last year and found it education and valuable.
What about some history and a getaway for Valentine’s Day instead of flowers and the usual? That’s what I’ll be doing with my sweetie. (And we’re even getting a deal on it!)
We’ll be starting with a fundraiser 5:30 – 9 p.m. on Feb. 15 in St. Louis for Missouri Preservation, a nonprofit that advocates and works toward historical preservation. It’s a day after the big heart holiday, but I don’t care. The tickets are $35 each and that will include drinks and snacks — and a chance to get inside the restored 1893 eye-popping building at 705 Olive St.
The Louis Sullivan designed building has undergone a $55 million renovation by Restoration St. Louis, according to this Sept. 22, 2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.
Now it’s a Marriott Hotel Saint Louis, only four blocks from the Gateway Arch.
And we’re getting to stay in this $250-$300 a night hotel for $149 that night. Missouri Preservation has obtained a room block so you can sign up for the fundraiser, get a Valentine’s date event and a overnight-get-away history trip all rolled into one. (Yeah, that’s how I sold it to my husband.)
The building was referred to as “lavishly adorned” and “largely unchanged on the outside,” in this Jan. 8, 2016 article in NextStl.com. The article includes current and historic photographs including a view of the second story round windows.
We’ll be staying overnight and taking in the Gateway Museum, only four blocks away, which underwent a $176.4 million renovation, according to this July 1, 2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.
Seriously, for Valentine’s Day, you can spend on a $100 bouquet for your beloved, eat out in a crowded noisy restaurant for another $50 — or you can stay overnight in St. Louis, contribute to an organization working toward saving our history and get away overnight for somewhat more money but a whole lot more fun. (At least for history nuts like me … )
And bonus! You can pat yourself on the back for a unique approach to the whole hearts and flowers holiday.
See you there.
I wanted to headline this as free money because it sounds so exciting to me.
Turns out there are 10 scholarships still available for the 2018 Missouri Preservation Conference set for May 2-4 in Sedalia. You have until the end of business on Monday, April 9 to apply. Go here to find the link to the application.
Here is all the info on the conference itself.
So what’s included?
This is a $280 value. According to a recent email from Missouri Preservation the scholarships will cover “registration, meals, snacks, field sessions and networking opportunities, and … reimbursement for hotel expenses for the three-day conference.”
The scholarships are available to any citizen within a Certified Local Government (CLG) and g
uess what — Columbia’s included. Here’s a list of all the CLGs.
OK, I’m going to be honest here. The application notes that first preference is for preservation consultants, commissioners and local preservation staff members but it also includes citizens so I say go for the scholarship. I’m going to apply myself because nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
So why should you go?
I don’t have to tell you what thrills me. I’ve been blogging about historic places for eight years, so this workshop caught my eye: “House story: How to Research Sites and Structures.” But the three-day conference is filled with presentations ranging from working with real estate agents to engaging public investment and protection.
If those presentations aren’t enough to get you to Sedalia, the keynote speaker is Briana Grosicki, of PlaceEconomics. It’s a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that, as the website states, “works at the nexus of economic and historic preservation.” Now who isn’t concerned with money these days? She’s the head of research at PlaceEconomics, so she’ll be talking facts and figures, not opinions and wishes.
Gotta go and make out my application for a scholarship! See you in Sedalia?
The federal Historic Tax Credit, is on the chopping block, yet that might not make economic sense, according to the Rutgers Univesity’s Annual Report on the Economic Impact of Historic Tax Credit for FY 2015.
Those seeking to rally opposition include Debbie Sheals, a local preservation consultant, and state and national nonprofits, Missouri Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Tax Credit Coalition.
Here’s how you can get involved if you’re ready to take action:
How do I know this isn’t fake news?
Why should you believe the Federal Historic Tax Credit is an economic engine?
Thinking critically and demanding proof is part of my job as a journalist. I look for information that comes from agencies and organizations that have “no dog in the fight,” — impartial researchers.
In this case, the research was done by Rutgers University in New Jersey. The university in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is employed by the National Park Service, and the university is independent of the National Park Service and won’t benefit from the results.
In addition, Rutgers is a valid research organization. It isn’t simply a back room in a foreign country.
What the report shows
In Fiscal Year 2015, the report shows, the Federal HTC $5 billion in spending yielded $4.8 billion in Gross Domestic Product. Yes, that’s a loss. But looking at the tax credit from its inception, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, the program has cost $120.8 billion but yielded $134.7 in GDP.
The report also notes that 55% of the certified rehabilitation projects in FY 2015 were located in low and moderate income census tracks.
Take a look at the report: Rutgers Univesity’s Annual Report on the Economic Impact of Historic Tax Credit for FY 2015.
In journalism, news values include proximity. We humans seem to care more about what’s near us or who we know.
Here is a link to an article I wrote in 2010 about the renovation — and tax credits for the project — of the Nowell building on Walnut Street by John Ott. He states clearly that projects like this depend on tax credits, yet those same tax credits hardly make him wealthy, he said. The tax credits make renovations economically possible.
Here’s more information about the article I wrote that was published in the Columbia Business Times.
Notable Properties: Historic Renovation Boosts Community Commerce — What if historic renovation made economic sense? Many say it does including Richard King, who operates The Blue Note, a thriving live music venue housed in the first building named to the Notable Properties List by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission. The article can also be viewed on the Columbia Business Times website.
But don’t take my word for it — think critically and demand proof — and feel free to do your own research. And let me know what you learn. As a journalist, I can never have too much information.
On Wednesday, Missouri Preservation will present the Preserve Missouri Award to John Ott for his renovation of the Berry Building, a former warehouse and grocery at 1025-33 Walnut Street.
Once nearly derelict, today the 33,000-square-foot building gleams with PS Gallery and Independent Staves, a firm that manufactures and sells wine and whiskey barrels all over the world, sharing the street level space. The first tenant was Wilson’s Fitness on the lower level and all 12 of the luxury loft apartments on the upper floors are leased.
Missouri Preservation is a nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation promotion, support and coordination. The event is sponsored by a number of firms including Commerce Bank and Murry’s Restaurant, and will include presentation ceremony, luncheon and keynote address by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.
It’s the first time a Columbia building has been among the buildings honored by Missouri Preservation since 2008, when 1927 Central Dairy building was honored. The year prior, 2007, both the Howard Municipal Building and Gentry Buildings on Broadway were honored.