Kicking off 2023 with historic news flashes

CoMo Preservation, a new historic preservation nonprofit founded in May of 2022 is kicking off a new project. Starting on Jan. 1, 2023, CoMo Preservation will begin CoMo 365, a daily news flash about an event that happened on that day in history in Columbia, Missouri.

You can follow along via CoMo Preservation’s new website at — or on its Facebook page, its Instagram feed at, or Twitter

The mission of CoMo Preservation is to help individuals and institutions find alternatives to demolition. Learn more about the new group at its monthly meetings. The next meeting will feature a talk by Barbra Horrell, one of the key members of group that established Columbia’s African American Heritage Trail. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Columbia Public Library.

All of the meetings of CoMo Preservation are open to the public and newcomers are welcome. The group operates three working groups. One focuses on Education and that includes working on its website, social media and developing informational outreach materials. Another group focuses on Advocacy and that includes “providing information to property owners and protecting historic properties through discussion and engagement,” according to CoMo Preservation’s website. The third group is Restoration and the push in that group is help property owners find resources for maintaining their home, providing workshops on historic trades and working toward selling historic salvage items.

Full disclosure: The founder of CoMo Historic Places is the president of CoMo Preservation. CoMo Preservation is working toward obtaining 501C3 status and is a nonprofit. CoMo Historic Places is a website founded, funded and written by Dianna Borsi O’Brien, a journalist and author of Historic Movie Theaters of Columbia.

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