Digital Black History Resource

History geeks rejoice! Here is a link to a 1988 transcription by Charles O’Dell of a 1901-1909 director of Black households in Boone County. This resource is made available by the Daniel Boone Regional Library as part of its new Missouri Bicentennial Collection.  The DBRL’s description: “A unique record of African American history in Boone…

Coronavirus: Lessons from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

If you’re like me, you’re concerned about ongoing coronavirus pandemic. I stay hopeful by looking at history and how we’re all pulling together by not getting together. Thanks CoMo businesses for curbside pick up! So what can we learn from the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed about 150 people in Columbia, which had a population…

October launch of Bicentennial campaign

Put on your thinking cap and get ready to do your part toward making art to celebrate Columbia’s bicentennial. In October, the city’s bicentennial task force is going to launch a “One Word Project.” It will involve asking city residents to describe the Columbia in one word and those words will be put together to…

Black history is our history

James T. Nunnelly made Columbia a better place to live by taking part in the sit-in at the Minute Inn. Read about the 1960 event in this “The Sit-in at the Minute Inn: A Columbia native and the civil rights protest that shaped him,” published on Nov. 18, 2018 in Vox magazine.  As the plaque…

CoMo200 website kicks off

The city’s upcoming 200th anniversary is for real now! A CoMo200 celebration is set for November 2018 (details to be announced soon) and Columbia’s CoMo200 website is live. The site features a series of photographs and some information in the categories of History, Projects & Events, Get Involved, About and a search engine. Here are some…

Where are CoMo’s unique neighborhoods?

Neighborhoods. Streetscapes. Where we live. Cities, even CoMo, are made up of neighborhoods, often with a streetscape, a way the area looks that’s uniform — or not. These neighborhoods with their own streetscapes are the places where we live, it’s where you and I might actually know the people (and, for me, the dogs) who…

1978 look at Broadway, Seventh and Ninth streets

Want to take a walk through the past? This 1978 historic survey report on Columbia’s buildings on Broadway, Seventh and Ninth streets and it reads like a walk through time, describing the buildings as they were in 1978 — and what they once looked like and what was there before then. For example, the report on…