Hidden Black History: Calvary Cemetery

One of the reasons I founded this website is I thought history was being forgotten or overlooked. After nearly a decade, I still find myself being surprised — like when I found this information about Calvary Cemetery, an African American Cemetery established in 1929. It’s another example of how recent institutional racism has existed. A…

Columbia College’s history referenced by Belleville News-Democrat

The Belleville News-Democrat, bnd.com, has an question and answer section in it online publication. A recent question referenced Columbia College, and the answer includes some very interesting history. Here is the answer and question, reprinted with permission from bnd.com: Q. Every time I turn on the TV, I see ads for various colleges. Are these…

KOMU coverage of 2011 Most Notable Properties

Through this link, you can view KOMU’s coverage of the then-upcoming gala event of Feb. 16, 2011 where the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission announced the five new properties named to the Most Notable Properties List. The coverage by Josh Frydman notes the five new properties will be added to the 118 already on the list….

A 1924 teardown alternative

In 1924, Berry McAlester moved the home at 2000 South Country Club Drive to its present location. Today, the 1910 stone home is owned and lovingly kept by Russell and Mary Still. You can take a tour via this article published in the Dec 2000/Jan 2011 issue of Columbia Home and Lifestyle. The home was…

Public invited to Feb. 1, 2011 Notable Property Gala

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 is the date set for the annual Most Notable Property Gala. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Historic Daniel Boone Building (City Hall) at 701 E. Broadway, with a presentation at 7 p.m. (This will be an excellent opportunity to see the…