Spotlight: David Horner, farmer and public servant

David Horner Impacts Farming and Community in Boone County By Erin Martise Posted April 20, 2022 — The patio of David Horner’s home in southern Columbia displays small decorative pieces of cows, tractors and insects. At 100 years old, Horner has spent 76 in Boone County working in farming, education, weather service, city government and…

Trivia night: Columbia Public Library is turning 100!

Columbia Public Library is turning 100 and as part of the celebration is holding a trivia night at 7-8:30 p.m. on April 7. Get your teams of two or four together and enjoy a fun night with book nerds and fans of history & the library. Here’s a link to a Facebook notice about the…

Got bricks? Columbia’s past quarries

Did you know that Columbia used to be home to several brickworks and quarries? Not just the one that still operates on Creasy Springs Road, but several others. The Boone County History & Culture Center is looking for old bricks. In 2014, I was privileged to interview the now late Liz Kennedy whose family owned…

Columbia’s Notable Properties

Take a walk through history with this database created by architectural historian Deb Sheals for the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. It is part of the city’s Most Notable Historic Properties program, which began around 1998 and has named properties to the list every year except for 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020. The presentation notes the program…

2019 Hall of Fame

This year’s Boone County Hall of Fame event was sold out early so maybe you missed the event held Oct. 22, 2021. No worries — why not revisit the 2019 Hall of Fame via these videos! 2019 – Don Faurot, 1902-1995, posthumous recipient. A pioneer in U.S. football, he was the athletic director at the…

KBIA: Black Experience in Columbia

In the run up to Columbia’s 2021 bicentennial, KBIA radio station broadcast a series about the Black experience in Columbia. The series is called You Don’t Say. Here’s is one of the pieces: Rev. David Ballenger and Rev. Clyde Ruffin, “We could see the love, and we were taught love,” broadcast June 4, 2020.

Bicentennial Celebrations

BoCo200 — On Nov. 16, 2020, Boone County will dedicate a monument to mark the 200th anniversary of its founding, according to this Aug. 28, 2020 Columbia Missourian article.  A planned July 4th event had to be canceled due to the current pandemic. For more information on Boone County’s bicentennial, check out this BoCo200 website. …

Add your voice to preserve Columbia’s history

You can chime in about how the city’s Historic Preservation can do more for you! The HPC met from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. today, April 6, 2019, at a public meeting that drew nearly two dozen people. The crowd addressed five questions. You can, too, by contacting Pat Fowler at historypat2021@gmail.com Here are the questions…

Six ways to get involved in Missouri’s bicentennial

This article published Feb. 13 in the California Democrat outlines six ways to get involved in helping Missouri mark its 200th anniversary in 2021. Get quilting! — One quilt block per county will be put together to create a Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. Learn more here. The deadline is Sept. 2. Got pictures? — I know…