Hear the historic piano of John William “Blind” Boone

Just the way a historic home can make the personality of a historic person come to life, so can the instrument of a long-gone musician. On June 12, 2014, the Boone County Historic Society is hosting a night of music with some selections played on the famous Chickering Grand piano, the piano made famous by…

Depressed? History could be the cure

On Feb. 17, 2011, The Story of Blind Boone, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Daniel Boone Regional Library. Mike Shaw will discuss ragtime musician John William “Blind” Boone, one of Columbia’s most famous residents and give an update on the restoration of his historic Columbia home. How could this be the cure…

John William “Blind” Boone – 10 N. Fourth Street

The home of John William “Blind” Boone at 10 N. Fourth Street is a perfect example of history that could have been lost, but for the efforts of dedicated volunteers and public funding. The residence of an African-American pianist who played and composed ragtime and classical music and resided in Columbia until his death in…