Columbia, Missouri

Boone County Historical Society — Founded in 1963, the BCHS is a non-profit dedicated to preserving and interpreting local and regional history. The BCHS is located at 3801 Ponderosa Street, Columbia, Missouri. The organization restored the Maplewood mansion and built the Walters-Boone County Museum using private contributions and volunteer labor and materials. The complex includes the Village at Boone Junction, a collection of restored buildings.

Boone’s Lick Road Association — This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the story of the mid-Missouri’s first major road and securing federal recognition of the road as a National Historic Trail.

Historic Preservation Commission of Columbia (Missouri) City Council — Founded in July 1998, this seven-member board is charged with the following tasks:

  • Encouraging redevelopment of historically significant structures;
  • Supervising surveys to identify significant properties
  • Reviewing applications for landmark and historic designations
  • Advising and assisting residents and owners on the preservation, renovation, rehabilitation and reuse of property;
  • Encouraging the nomination of landmarks and districts to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Establishing an ongoing survey and inventory of historic properties.


Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation — This nine-member board provides a citizens review of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, as required by Missouri law. The Council meets four times per year to review nominations for the National Register to be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office. Click here to see when the Council meets next and review its agenda.

Missouri State Historic Preservation Office — Founded in 1968, this office of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in charge, among other things, the following tasks:

  • Administering the National Register of Historic Places in Missouri;
  • Funding and coordinating surveys to identify state historic, architectural and archaeological  resources;
  • Helping owners, developers and architects ensure rehabilitation projects qualify for rehabilitation tax credits;
  • Administering Missouri’s Historic Preservation Revolving Fund, through which the DNR can assist in the preservation of endangered historic buildings;
  • Providing education and technical services to the general public.

Missouri State Historical Society — Founded in 1898, this state organization is the historical repository for Missouri. Located in Ellis Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia, it offers a myriad of historical and research materials at its location and online in addition to providing a Speakers’ Bureau, workshops and sponsoring Missouri History in Performance Theatre (MoHiP) and publishing the Missouri Historic Review. Yearly membership is $20 for individuals. The State Historical Society has been a trustee of the state since 1899 and is funded by state allocations, grants and membership fees.

Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia — Founded in 1943, this organization is a joint collection of the University of Missouri and the State Historical Society of Missouri. It is located in Ellis Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Initially the repository of the Work Projects Administration of Historic Records Survey files, today, it now includes paper records, microfilm, photographs, images and audio and video materials.

National Resources

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 declared “the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage;” and went on to create the National Register of Historic Places.

In Missouri, the National Register of Historic Places program is administered by the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). A page on the SHPO website lists all of the sites in Boone County listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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