Podcast: Black history and the Battles

Did your doctor tell you to get more exercise like mine did? Here’s a 30-minute podcast that will give you time to walk and insight into Missouri’s Black history and even some insider information on two educators well known in Columbia, Eliot Battle and Muriel Battle. Full disclosure: Trevor Harris, who created this podcast, is…

Movie Theater Memories

By Jerry Benedict In some ways, my life began with movie theaters, specifically the Missouri Theatre. Like the Missouri Theatre, my story starts in 1927. My mom had been attending Columbia High School (now the Jefferson Middle School building). At that time, it operated as the only public 10-12th grades school for nonminority students. Then…

Respond to MU’s demolition plans

Interested in letting MU know how you feel about the demolition of eight buildings on campus? Here’s information about how you can have your say. The Univesity of Missouri has announced plans to demolish eight buildings, including several which are historic. The buildings are Parker Hall, Noyes Hall, Old Student Health Building, Columbia Professional Building,…

This is why you get lost in Columbia, Missouri

Bet you didn’t know that Chapel Hill Road used to be West Boulevard South. Which now makes sense of the fact that the rest of West Boulevard often has addresses such as 121 West Boulevard North. This street name tidbit came out at the April 1, 2014 event honoring the 2014 Most Notable Properties named…

Take a historic tour of Columbia’s highlights

There’s no time limit on taking this historic tour. Here’s a link to a PowerPoint presentation that basically offers a tour of Columbia’s historic highlights. This presentation was presented by Deb Sheals, a historic preservation consultant, in May 2011 at a public meeting of the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission. I love taking these kinds of…

Teachers: There’s history in bricks and mortar

One of the things I love about learning about Columbia and Boone County’s historic places is finding new ways to use this information. This article notes that teachers can use historic places such as those in Columbia and Boone County to teach history. A walk through downtown Columbia would allow teachers to discuss the importance…

See inside the Keene School … House

You don’t have to leave home to take a peek inside this former schoolhouse built in the 1800s, which is now a home. It’s up for sale you can take virtual tour by clicking here. The text that accompanies it says the bricks in the home were made by hand. While the conversion from school to house might seem unusual, from…

Schools

History is everywhere — if you know how to look for it. In Columbia, four schools have been determined to be historical properties and have been named to the Notable Properties list by the Historic Preservation Commission. Of the four schools, one has recently been closed as a school and only one is named after a…