Columbia History Archives

Enhancing the Legacy of John William “Blind” Boone

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Enhancing the Legacy of John William “Blind” Boone

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Greg Olson, of the JW "Blind" Boone Heritage Foundation, and Sarah Dresser, of the City of Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs, talk about the recent discovery of a Chickering piano that once belonged to John Willia...

City Manager’s Vlog: February Edition, Part 2

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City Manager’s Vlog: February Edition, Part 2

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Columbia City Manager John Glascock talks with James Whitt about the African American Heritage Trail.

Citizens Police Review Board: Commemorating Ten Years of Oversight

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Citizens Police Review Board: Commemorating Ten Years of Oversight

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As a result of public demand, the Citizens Police Review Board was established in 2009 and heard its first case in 2010. Some of the people who were instrumental in its creation and some currently involved with its op...

Columbia’s One Word Project: What’s Your Word?

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Columbia’s One Word Project: What’s Your Word?

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It's not too late to be part of Columbia’s history. Submit your favorite “one word” (or one phrase) description. You might submit historic names and events (at least 50 years in the past), important dates, adjectives,...

Mayor Hindman Memories

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Mayor Hindman Memories

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Originally published in 2010 to celebrate a retiring Darwin Hindman's 15 years of service as mayor to the town he grew up in, Columbia, Missouri. Mr. Hindman passed away Monday, June 17, 2019. He was 86 years old.

State Historical Society: Growing Pains

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State Historical Society: Growing Pains

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A Century Past

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A Century Past

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Produced in 1999, "A Century Past" is a narrative of the history of Columbia, Missouri.

Our Journey to Fair Housing (Fair Housing Act 50th Anniversary)

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Our Journey to Fair Housing (Fair Housing Act 50th Anniversary)

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The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). This piece of civil rights legislation declared it illegal to discriminate based on certain protected characteristics ille...

Columbia Taking Flight

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Columbia Taking Flight

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Traffic Box Art: A Brush with History

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Traffic Box Art: A Brush with History

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Amanda Harms is a writer, illustrator, and now, traffic box artist. Harms, who believes that it’s never too late to start something new, explains how she juggles her family, career, and creative interests. You can fin...