This site is designed to empower and inform people about history and preservation, especially in Columbia, Missouri, or CoMo as many affectionally call our town.

The drive for this site is based on two ideas: service and success.

Service: This comes from the idea that a working building is a saved building, so preservation isn’t just about saving a building, it’s about serving us today.

Success: This is based on my belief that we do today is informed by our history, and what we fail to learn can lead to continued failure.


  • Blog posts about events, people, places, things I think will be interesting or important to my readers.
  • Links to published articles.
  • Links to reports and documents such as information from the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission and the National Register of Historic Places documents.
  • It covers buildings, organizations and special history such as Black History, with a link to all the information about the 1923 James Scott public lynching. For example, you’ll find a page for Houses, Schools (including MU), Resources (so you can do your own research) and a page of links to media coverage going back to 2009.

WHY SHOULD I TRUST THIS SITE? I’m a journalist so the information here is attributed to its original source. If you spot a mistake, let me know. I will correct it.

WHO IS BEHIND THIS SITE? My name is Dianna Borsi O’Brien and I’m a freelance journalist as well as a former adjunct journalism instructor at School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. I’m a real person so if you find a mistake or want to make a comment, please try to be nice.

WHERE DOES THE INFORMATION ON HERE COME FROM? The information on this website has been drawn from a variety of sources, including the city of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission. Note: This website is not affiliated, associated or endorsed by the Historic Preservation Commission. For more information the Columbia’s HPC, go to the HPC’s official site here.

Notable Properties: This website began with a list highlighting the sites on Columbia’s Notable Properties a list developed by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission.

The list of Notable Properties began in 1998 when the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) began naming five to 10 properties to the list each year except for 1999. Properties named to the list must meet three criteria:

  • Within the city limits;
  • 50 years old or older;
  • Feature architectural or historical importance either through historic features, who lived there or how it was used.

National Register of Historic Places: The website includes places in Boone County on the federal National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about the properties on the National Register of Historic Places, go to this website.


  1. hi deanna, i was one of the lucky children who went to this school in 1940’s and 50’s. we had a pump that we used to get our drinking water from. we had a lady cooking our lunch and i can still remember how good it smelled. we played many a ball game in the back.my pecan pie bought the most money for the school and i was so shy i wouldn’t eat with the boy who bought my shoe box supper. i am now 75 years old.

    1. Lucy, thanks for your comment. Can you tell me what school you are referring to so I can post your comment? Sorry for not replying earlier! Dianna O’Brien

      1. yes. it was keene school on brown station rd. in columbia. it was in the late 40’s and early 50’s.they didn’t have school buses then and we had to cut across neighbors fields or walk the road which was a really long walk.

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