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June 8, 2017

COSMO CORNER TO BE DEDICATED IN NIFONG PARK

COSMO CORNER TO BE DEDICATED IN NIFONG PARK
Columbia, MO, June 8, 2017– Among the list of projects included in the city of Columbia’s parks improvement plan that was supported by the voters approval of a continuing 1/8 cent sales tax in November of 2015 was a project to make improvements to historic Nifong Park. The park is in the southeast part of the city and is the home to the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre, the historic Maplewood House, the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum and Boone Village. The Boone County Historical Society is housed in the Museum.

That $250,000 project has been completed and will be dedicated as ‘Cosmo Corner’ on Thursday, June 8. Officials from Parks and Recreation, City of Columbia leaders including Mayor Treece and representatives of both the Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club and the Boone County Historical Society will be present.

The completed project includes a large new shelter house suitable for family reunions and other large gatherings, and the first playground ever to be built in Nifong Park. The finished work also includes a new, 72-space parking lot to support the large shelter and an accompanying lighted, pedestrian walkway connecting the parking lot to both the shelter and the Boone County Historical Museum.

In July 2015, the Columbia Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club pledged to donate half the cost of the project – $125,000. The civic club’s pledge saved the city’s taxpayers $125,000 on a project that will benefit the entire community.

The event begins at 5pm and the program begins at 5:45pm. Parks and Recreation is hosting and will be serving hot dogs, chips and soft drinks.
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Chris Campbell at 573.443.8936 (chriscampbell@boonehistory.org or Tammy Miller City of Columbia Parks and Recreation 573.874.7465 (tammy.miller@como.gov).

March 9, 2017

2017 BOONE COUNTY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ACCOUNCED

2017 BOONE COUNTY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ACCOUNCED
Columbia, MO: The Endowment Trust Board of the Boone County Historical Society is pleased to announce this year’s inductees into the Boone County Hall of Fame. Since 1995, the Endowment Trust Board has honored enshrinees in three categories: a business or organization, posthumous recognition, and a living individual.

The 2017 Business or Organization honoree is the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1839, about 900 Boone County residents donated cash or land to bring the University of Missouri to Columbia. Almost half of them, 429, were for $25 or less. Those founding families provided the seeds of what would become a $2.2 billion world-class institution for teaching, medicine, athletics, research and entrepreneurship. The University of Missouri-Columbia was the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first in Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase Territory. Some of the benefits that UMC delivers to Boone County and the state of Missouri include: MU Extension’s Business Development Program helped clients increase sales by $439 million, create 17,436 jobs, attract $419.6 million in new financing and win $1.4 billion in government contracts (FY2013-15). Mizzou educates a tremendous workforce, granting a record 8,792 degrees in 2015-16. More than 40 percent or 3,682, were in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical fields. Athletic events had a $326.8 million economic impact in Columbia in FY2015, MU’s third year in the Southeastern Conference. In FY2015, MU’s $511 million in campus construction projects created jobs. The University of Missouri System is integral to Missouri’s economy. For example, a 2016 economic impact study found that the state’s economic growth rate is 25 percent higher thanks to the University. (source – economicdevelopment.missouri.edu) The University of Missouri is a community of 35,000 students, more than 13,000 full-time faculty and staff members, and more than 305,000 alumni worldwide.

Posthumous recognition in 2017 goes to the late Edwin W. (E.W.) Stephens (1849 – 1931). It would be difficult to argue against E.W. Stephens being the single, most influential person in the history of Boone County. He was a journalist, publisher, and civic leader. After learning the newspaper business from William Switzler, he founded the Columbia Herald, which became famous as “America’s model weekly.” He also founded the E.W. Stephens Publishing Company, served as president of the board of curators for both the University of Missouri and Stephens College, became president of the Missouri Press Association, the first president of the State Historical Society (1898) and the first president of the Boone County Historical Society (1924). Over his lifetime, he would be president or chairman of the more than forty organizations including the National Editorial Association, the Missouri Capitol Commission that designed and rebuilt the state Capitol when it burned in the early 20th century, the Old Trails Road Association, the influential Columbia Commercial Club, the MU Alumni Association and the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society. Interestingly, one of Stephens’ former employees, Walter Williams, would go on to create the world’s first school of journalism.

This year’s living recipient is a married couple, former Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman and his wife Axie Hindman. Darwin Hindman served 15 years (five terms) as Columbia’s mayor, which was twice as long as any of his predecessors. Hindman and his wife repeatedly made personal sacrifices for the public good during that time and continue to do so today. Darwin Hindman received degrees in political science and law from the University of Missouri after flying bombers and transport planes during two tours of active duty in the United States Air Force. Before entering public life, he was a practicing attorney in Columbia for many years. Elected to mayor for the first time in 1995, his leadership would result in Columbia becoming one of only three U.S. cities to receive $25 million in federal funding to run a pilot project promoting bicycling and walking as alternatives to driving. He could be called the “Father of the Katy Trail State Park.” It was his idea and his initiative that caused the state to consider the plan that would eventually bring about the much beloved trail and park that exists today. Under his leadership, Columbia acquired and developed Stephens Lake Park and he organized and inspired a committee of 37 people who successfully gained voter approval to build the enormously successful Area Recreation Center (ARC).

The list of accolades for Darwin Hindman is long and includes the following:
• 2009 Leadership of Healthy Communities Award (along with mayors Michael Bloomberg of New York City and Gavin Newsom of San Francisco)
• Outstanding Citizen of the Year – Columbia Chamber of Commerce
• Outstanding Citizen of the Year – League of Women Voters, Columbia Chapter
• Mizzou Faculty – Alumni Award

As a team, the Hindmans brought long-lasting and important change to our community. Although Darwin got the headlines as mayor, Axie had her shoulder to the grindstone all the while and helped him create successes. Axie’s personal achievements have also served the community well. She was co-chair of the successful capital campaign committee that funded renovation of the rapidly deteriorating, historic Missouri Theatre. Among many other services for the community, Axie was also instrumental in helping Columbia’s popular “One Read” program get off the ground and thrive.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony is a benefit fundraiser for the Historical Society’s Endowment Trust and will be held on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at a location yet to be determined. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, wines, beers, a live auction, and video tributes to the enshrinees. Tickets will be available August 7 on a first-come, first served basis through the Boone County Historical Society.

March 6, 2017

BOONE COUNTY MUSEUM & GALLERIES ‘KORLA’ EXHIBIT NOW OPEN

To Coincide with Nation-Wide PBS Broadcast of ‘Korla” Documentary

On March 21, 7pm CST, KMOS-TV, Warrensburg/Columbia will broadcast Korla, a documentary about cultural icon and groundbreaking television personality Korla Pandit. Timed to coincide with the nationwide broadcast on PBS the Boone County Historical Museum has opened a new exhibit, titled Korla.

The exhibit includes dozens of donated and loaned items belonging to or relating to the master organist and pianist John Roland Redd, an African-American who successfully reinvented himself as a turbaned musician from India. A Columbia Douglas School student and son of a former Second Baptist Church pastor in Columbia, Redd migrated to Hollywood after high school. On the live television program he hosted from 1949-1951 in Los Angeles, John fused compositions from the east and west, creating a new genre of music, now known as exotica.

In 1939, Redd journeyed to Hollywood with the dream of forging a career as a musician. Racial prejudice ran rampant during this era, but John, who was light skinned, was able to find work as a Latin performer in Los Angeles night clubs and lounges under the alias “Juan Rolando.” In 1944, John married Beryl DeBeeson, who at the time worked in the Disney effects department, and together, they would create the persona ‘Korla Pandit,’ a talented and mysterious musician from New Delhi, India.

The documentary is available on DVD and for sale at the museum. Visitors can see the exhibit in the East Gallery and purchase the documentary to take home. The film features insights and commentary from music, entertainment, and media tastemakers, including Carlos Santana. Over the course of the film, viewers witness the engaging story of how one man mesmerized television, film and concert audiences with his tantalizing music, unforgettable persona, and never-before-seen keyboard theatrics – only to find that Korla’s true identity was a secret he took to his grave in 1998.

The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11am – 4:30pm, Sundays 12pm – 4:30pm

December 22, 2016

We are included in TripAdvisor’s 6 Amazing Small Cities for a Family Vacation!

Columbia, MO, December 22, 2016– TripAdvisor has recently come out with an article with six small cities that are great for vacations and not only is Columbia is one of those cities, but The Boone County Historical Museum is mentioned as one of the must see attractions!

“Part history museum, part art gallery, this Columbia attraction tells the story of decades’ worth of Boone County’s history. Interesting artifacts and local records are always on display, while larger exhibits rotate every four to 12 months. Admission to the museum is free and only $5 for a guided tour of the Village at Boone Junction.”

Check out the article to read more about what they have to say about our awesome town!

October 26, 2016

Boone Museum featured on Travel Channel

Columbia, MO: Boone County Historical Museum and former Columbian Korla Pandit (aka John Redd) will be featured in primetime this Thursday evening (October 27) at 8:00 pm on the Travel Channel!

This summer the crew spent eight hours inside and outside the museum and galleries, taping several of the museum’s historic exhibits and galleries including the Junction at Boone Village, Maplewood House, J.W. ‘Blind’ Boone’s famous grand piano and a 1920’s Dress textiles exhibit.  However, their primary focus, and the reason for their visit, was the ‘mystery’ behind Columbian John Roland Redd, aka television pioneer Korla Pandit, (1921-1998).  A Douglas School student and son of a former Second Baptist Church pastor in Columbia, Redd migrated to Hollywood after high school and spent a career passing as an Indian.  He became known as the “Godfather of Exotica” while enjoying a more than 20-year career in Television and many more years making personal appearances.   He died in 1998.

The crew videotaped several Pandit artifacts and memorabilia that have been loaned or gifted to the Boone County Historical Society in recent months.  A future exhibit of those items at the museum will be complete by mid-November.

 

October 19, 2016

Two Winners Named! Commerce Bank Sponsors Essay Contest in Partnership with Stables Tour

Two $1K Scholarships are Awarded to Boone County 8th Graders

Commerce Bank and the Boone County Historical Society are continuing the Commerce Bank Boone County History Scholars Program, which will offer two $1,000 scholarships to Boone County Eighth Grade students, for a second year.  Every middle school in the Boone County was notified that each 8th grader is invited to participate by writing e a research-based informative essay OR a creative, narrative piece, 500-1000 words in length, about some facet of Boone County’s rich equestrian history.

This year’s 2016 winners are Tyler Dettmar for ‘The Native Americans of Boone County’ and Lucie Song for ‘The Horseman that Changed America’.  Both are students of Tracy Worthington at Jefferson Middle School in Columbia.

Champions in both categories will receive a $1,000 scholarship that can be used for any post-high school educational opportunity. Scholarship funds will be held by the Boone County Historical Society until the recipient’s request that they be released to the school of their choice.  Top Ten winners in both categories will receive two tickets for Championship night at the 2016 American Royal Horse Show.

The essay contest was a feature of the 2nd Annual 2016 Boone County Stables Tour, held last Saturday, October 15.  The tour is a benefit fundraiser for the Boone County Historical Society.

October 12, 2016

Boone County’s Second Annual Stables Tour

The connection of horses and history is strong here in Boone County, not just because of the famous trainer, ‘horse whisperer’ and Ashland native, Tom Bass.  Horses have played an enormous role in building our community and making it what it is today and, in 2016, they continue to play a vital role in our community.

To highlight both the historical contribution of the horse to Boone County and the vibrancy of our current-day local equestrian community, the Boone County Historical Society is producing its 2nd Annual Boone County Stables Tour, scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2016, as a benefit fundraiser. Major sponsors include Commerce Bank, Dave Griggs Flooring America, the Shelter Insurance Foundation and Orscheln Farm & Home.

Families and horse enthusiasts alike are invited to tour five premiere stables here in Boone County, each of which will showcase different breeds of horses throughout the day.  The offerings this year include Brenda Benner Stables, Fox Run Stables, Glendale Stables, Jim Dudley Stables, and Stephens College Equestrian Center.  Delicious food vendors will be stationed at each of the Stables as well.  The tour will be a driving tour with the ticketed guests visiting the stables at any time from 9:30am to 3pm, touring at their own pace and in the order they choose. Tickets are priced at $20 Adults, $10 children 7-14, 6 & under free

Area Bank Sponsors Essay Contest in Partnership with Stables Tour

In 2015 Commerce Bank and the Boone County Historical Society established the Commerce Bank Boone County History Scholars Essay Contest, which will again in 2016 offer two $1,000 scholarships to Boone County Eighth Grade students. Every middle school in the several Boone County school districts have been notified that each 8th grader is invited to participate by writing e a research-based informative essay OR a creative, narrative piece, 500-1000 words in length, about some facet of Boone County’s rich equestrian history.  Submissions have been received and the announcement of the two winners will occur on October 15 to coincide with the Stables Tour.

Champions in both categories will receive a $1,000 scholarship that can be used for any post-high school educational opportunity. Top Ten winners in both categories will receive tickets for two for Championship night at the 2016 American Royal Horse Show.

September 12, 2016

Now Open We are the Music Makers! National Photography Exhibit

The Montminy Art Gallery at the Walters Boone County Historical Museum in Nifong Park is proud to announce the opening of the We are the Music Makers! national photography exhibit – sponsored by Commerce Bank.

The exhibit, which coincides with the 10th Annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, will educate and engage viewers in the cultural history of Southern traditional music. We are the Music Makers! features photo documentation of Southern Roots musicians active in the past 20 years, all photographed and recorded by Tim Duffy in his quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it. The photographs highlight questions of how poverty, geography and age have limited the exposure of these artists, causing the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform have “died out.”

Our Living Past: Platinum Portraits of Music Makers: For 35 years, photographer Tim Duffy has immortalized Southern musical heroes and the world in which they live. The 30” x 40” images in the exhibit were made with wet-plate collodion photography and printed with the platinum/palladium process. The exhibit also includes a hand-made and hand-painted guitar, fiddle and hand-painted stage costumes.

The Music Maker Relief Foundation is the organization behind this national touring exhibit.  The Foundation preserves Southern Roots music by directly supporting senior artists in need, while documenting their music and sharing their talents with the world.  It’s Music Makers Blues Revue is the only musical act to appear in every year’s Roots N Blues Festival lineup in Columbia since the festivals inception.
This temporary traveling exhibit will run through November 6, 2016 in the Montminy, Columbia’s largest civic art gallery.  Admission is always free and the gallery and museum are open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am – 4:30pm and Sundays, 12pm – 4:30pm.   Call 573-443-8936 for more information or visit www.MusicMaker.org or  www.BooneHistory.org

July 6, 2016

Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum to feature Columbia Museum Columbia, MO:

The Walters Boone County Historical Museum (Boone County Historical Society) welcome a video production crew from the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum to their facility on July 3.

The crew spent eight hours inside and outside the museum and galleries, taping several of the museum’s historic exhibits and galleries, including the Junction at Boone Village, Maplewood House, J.W. ‘Blind’ Boone’s famous grand piano and a 1920’s Dress textiles exhibit. However, their primary focus, and the reason for their visit, was the ‘mystery’ behind Columbian John Roland Redd, aka television pioneer Korla Pandit (1921-1998). A Douglas School student and son of a former Second Baptist Church pastor in Columbia, Redd migrated to Hollywood after high school and spent a career passing as an Indian. He became known as the “Godfather of Exotica” while enjoying a more than 20-year career in Television.

The crew videotaped several Pandit artifacts and memorabilia that have been loaned or gifted to the Boone County Historical Society in recent months. A future exhibit of those items at the museum is in the planning stages.

Pandit was the subject of the documentary “Korla” by filmmaker John Turner that screened at Rag Tag Cinema in 2015. The broadcast date for the Korla episode is yet to be determined and is likely to be six to eight months away according to the program’s producers.

For additional information contact:
Chris Campbell, Executive Director, Boone County Historical Society, 573-443-8936 Or
Caryn Davidson, Director of Communications, The Travel Channel, 212-835-3560
caryn.davidson@travelchannel.com

April 1, 2016

Three new Hall of Fame Enshrinees Announced for 2016

The Endowment Trust Board of the Boone County Historical Society is pleased to announce this year’s inductees into the Boone County Hall of Fame.  Since 1995, the Endowment Trust Board has honored enshrinees in three categories:  a business or organization, posthumous recognition, and a living individual.

The 2016 Business or Organization honoree is Booche’s Billiards.  Founded in 1884, it is one of the oldest continually running businesses in Boone County.  The famed eatery and billiard hall is located on south 9th street in downtown Columbia.  The present location has been its home since 1926, but its fifth in the downtown area since its founding 132 years ago.

Posthumous recognition in 2016 goes to the late Frank Graham (1920 – 2013).  Graham grew up in Fair Grove, Missouri on his family farm and would travel to Columbia to study Agriculture. In 1949, Frank was one of eight founding members of the Missouri 4-H Foundation, and continued his involvement with the foundation until his death. Frank was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2004.

This year’s living recipient is Publisher Emeritus of the Columbia Daily Tribune newspaper, Henry J. (Hank) Waters III.  Waters became publisher of the Tribune in May of 1966 and has written a daily editorial for the paper ever since, even beyond his retirement as publisher in 2010. This year marks the fiftieth year that Waters has published a daily editorial, and having done so at least 355 time each year, he has penned over 17,700 editorials.

The 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is a benefit fundraiser for the Historical Society’s Endowment Trust and will be held on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at the Walters Boone County Historical Museum.  The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, wines, beers, a live auction, and video tributes to the enshrinees.  Tickets will be available on a yet to be announced date in July through the Boone County Historical Society.

Frank Graham headshotHank Waters headshotBooches exterior

March 26, 2016

Jon Luvelli, First Street Photographer Inducted Into Historical Museum’s Permanent Collection

stop hate-2-200 Luvelli – jonluvelli.com – is best known for his timeless Street Photography throughout rural communities, specifically in the mid-Missouri area. With a gritty, immensely honest, and often beautiful style, Luvelli has perfected a skill that brings emotion and charm out of subjects that would otherwise go unappreciated.

Within the last year Luvelli has released a wave of new works, in which he reveals his subjects through emotionally-rich, powerful, and often macabre photographs. One of the most raw and captivating storytelling photographers of his generation, Luvelli is the first Street Photographer to have artwork placed in our museum’s permanent art collection.

For more than forty years the Boone County Historical Society has collected, preserved, and exhibited historic artifacts and the records of honorable, iconic, and historic individuals of Boone County, Missouri. The Society operates the Montminy Art Gallery housed inside the Walters Boone County Historical Museum.  The museum also houses the Society’s permanent art collection, consisting of several hundred works of art as well as 400,000 photographs.

February 20, 2016

William Least Heat-Moon comes to Meet the Author

Heat-Moon will discuss some of the hard lessons learned in his career and offer guidance and inspiration to aspiring and experienced writers alike. Join us on Saturday morning, February 20 for the monthly Meet the Author event and partake of free coffee and Harold’s Doughnuts.  Doors open at 9:30am, presentation begins at 10:30am and booking signings with the authors and photographers begin at 11:30am.   As always, Meet the Author is a free event and open to the public.

December 15, 2015

CoMoGives.com Campaign in Full Swing

Your dollars help us continue our educational outreach and bring exciting new exhibits to the Museum.
Any amount is welcome!  Donate $25 or $250 – every dollars helps us to bring our “Adventures of the Traveling Trunk” program to more 4th grade classrooms across Boone County.  Every dollar helps us bring quality art exhibits to the Montminy Art Gallery, unique history exhibits such as the current “I Remember – Downtown Columbia, 1920 – 1965” and better preserve Boone County’s first recorded documents in our climate-controlled, concrete and steel, secured vaults.  We need your help to climb the leaderboard at www.CoMoGives.com.  Go there now and visit our specific page at CoMoGives/BCHS.  Thank you and Happy Holidays!

November 21, 2015

Annual Meeting, Thursday, December 10

Come visit friends, see the outstanding new exhibits, enjoy some holiday cheer and join your fellow members in the Montminy Gallery for a brief Annual Meeting.  The meeting will consist of electing a slate of new officers to the Board of Directors, receiving a report from the Executive Director, recognizing volunteers and messages from outgoing President Dick Otto and incoming President Wilson Beckett.

Museum Store Sale!

25th Anniversary Men’s and Women’s polos only $20!  25th Anniversary T-shirts only $8.  November 25 through December 31.  Get them while they last.  And every book in the store is now 25% off the regular price.  Find big savings on your unique, history-themed holiday gifts.

October 20, 2015

Boone County’s nationally-acclaimed Equines featured at five, premiere Boone County Horse Stables

On Saturday, October 17, a new and unique event took place.  Only the second Horse Stables Tour in the nation, the benefit fundraiser for the Boone County Historical Society allowed ticketed guests to get behind the scenes and witness supremely gifted horses executing patterns, maneuvers, dressage “dances”, exercises and jumps.  Hundreds of ticket buyers met the trainers, the riders and the stable owners.  To obtain a commemorative event t-shirt for $15, contact the museum at 573-443-8936.

And do visit the “Get a Leg Up on the History of the Horse in Boone County” at our Museum.  This terrific display consists of one hundreds years of artifacts, memorabilia and photographs – all relating to Boone County’s horse men and women, the famous horses they trained and rode and the County’s national reputation for excellence.

June 30, 2015

NEW HOURS BEGINNING JULY 1, 2015

Now open Wednesdays and beginning at 11am Wednesday through Saturday!

New Hours: Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11am – 4:30pm, Sundays 12:00pm – 4:30pm.  We’re very excited to be expanding our days and our hours and making this wonderful community asset more available to the public we serve.

 

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