Arrow Rock program offers up-close look at historic preservation in action

Monday, April 29, 2013
The Miller-Bradford home on Main Street in Arrow Rock is one of the village's historic preservation success stories. Visitors will be able to learn more about it and tour the home Saturday, May 4. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

The village of Arrow Rock is known for its exemplary efforts in historic preservation, according to a Friends of Arrow Rock news release.

On Saturday May 4, the Friends of Arrow Rock and the Arrow Rock State Historic Site will celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with a special walking tour that offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the town's most impressive preservation projects.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. with a brief presentation by Sandy Selby, author of the 2012 book "Images of America: Arrow Rock."

She will share before-and-after photos that show the transformation of significant Arrow Rock properties, including the Miller-Bradford House, the Sites Gun Shop, and the historic Christian Church.

Following the presentation, Friends of Arrow Rock Properties Manager Marty Selby will lead the group on a walking tour down Arrow Rock's Main Street and will take tour participants inside five properties, some of which are not normally open to the public.

He will show examples of the work that has already been done and share information about upcoming projects.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

A second walking tour, minus the opening presentation, will be offered at 1 p.m., starting at the Friends of Arrow Rock office at 310 Main Street on the boardwalk.

Both the lecture and tour are free and open to the public.

Other First Saturday lectures and events include:

--June 1: If Textiles Could Talk, Jeff Reynolds.
--July 6: Tom Sawyer Movie (2 p.m.) & Tour of Arrow Rock Movie Sites.
--Aug. 3: Common Life of a Civil War Soldier & his Wife, Herschel and Jacque Stroud.
--Nov. 2: Osage Culture: Then and Now, Native American Heritage Month, speakers to be announced.
The lectures are presented by the Friends of Arrow Rock and the Arrow Rock State Historic Site and supported by an endowment funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and generous donors.

The Friends of Arrow Rock and the Arrow Rock State Historic Site promote the understanding of Missouri history through ongoing education programs and interpretive activities. They safeguard 17 historical structures in the National Historic Landmark village of Arrow Rock.


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