Columbia History Archives

State Historical Society: Growing Pains

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State Historical Society: Growing Pains

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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...

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.

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...

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,...

Columbia Taking Flight

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Columbia Taking Flight

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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.

Reflections on Sharp End in Columbia

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Reflections on Sharp End in Columbia

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Sharp End was once the cultural heart of Columbia, Missouri's black community. Over the last year, the Sharp End Heritage Committee has made an effort to immortalize the area that once existed between Fifth and Sixth ...

To Protect and Serve: The Columbia Police Department from 1899 to Present

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To Protect and Serve: The Columbia Police Department from 1899 to Present

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The Columbia Police Department's mission is to protect and serve citizens of Columbia, Missouri. During its 110 years, there have been many changes in the department, including the hiring of the first female officer, ...

Go COMO: Fifty Years of Public Transit

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Go COMO: Fifty Years of Public Transit

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Since its start fifty years ago, under the guidance and influence of transit staff, the Columbia, Missouri bus system has managed to navigate countless changes and challenges. By continuously looking to the public for...