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…

CoMo is turning 200!

Guess what?! Columbia, Missouri and Boone County, Missouri will soon be celebrating 200 years! Columbia, Missouri was founded first as Smithton in 1818, then moved a few blocks east and renamed Columbia in 1821. Boone County was founded in 1820, according to the Boone County Government site. To plan festivities to mark the bicentennial,  Columbia Mayor…

A historic note on #MeToo

The recent news about Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s outrage about his sexual assaults shows news affects people even when it happens far away. In 1855, 26 miles from Columbia, Missouri, a slave woman was hanged after she killed her white owner who had been raping her for years. The headline merely says a Missouri woman…

You can make a difference

Volunteers needed to save parts of buildings scheduled for demolition. Work day set for Saturday, June 17. Contact Pat Fowler at fowlerpatj@gmail.com

History literally lights up what you see

Here’s another reason to visit Tallulahs Kitchen store at 812 E. Broadway, in addition to checking out the store’s amazing kitchen tools, gadgets and cookbooks. Before you go in look up. Really. Above the store front are historic prismatic lenses which were once installed throughout the nation around the turn of the last century to…

Ninth and Elm streets until 1969, Columbia Commercial Club

If you thought the destruction of the old Shakespeare’s Pizza at Ninth and Elm the fall of 2015 was a tragedy, it wasn’t the first one at that intersection. This article by Sarah Everett published in the Columbia Business Time on July 27, 2016 shows the a brick building with a columned portico that once…