2017 Missouri Preservation Conference

Workshops & Tours

A Tour of Ilasco: An Immigrant Community in a Cement Company Town

May 17 | 10:15-11:30

Join David and Sally Polc of the Ilasco Area Historical Preservation Society on a tour of the historic resources remaining from the immigrant community of Ilasco. Ilasco developed as immigrants from Eastern Europe arrived in Hannibal to work at the Atlas Portland Cement Company Plant. The remaining resources are centered around Ilasco Trail, off Highway 79 about two miles south of Hannibal.  They include a concrete jail and brick commercial store/tavern, both dating to about 1909, and a steel bridge over Marble Creek from 1910. Additional resources to visit include the site of the Ilasco schools, Ilasco Holy Cross Catholic Church, and Marble Creek Cemetery. Ethnic desserts will be available for tasting.


Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center Tour

May 17 | 2:00-3:15

In a town that celebrates all things Twain, Jim’s Journey recognizes one of Twain’s most complex yet locally under-represented literary figures: Jim, the runaway slave and friend to Huck Finn. We all know Jim is a fictional character, but we have learned that he was based on a real person, Daniel Quarles. As Hannibal’s first African American history museum, our mission is to honor Daniel Quarles’ legacy and to glimpse what life was like for him, his descendants and other African Americans living in 19th- and 20th-century Hannibal.  Explore Hannibal’s newest museum with the director!


Cement Foundry Tour

May 18 | 1:45-4:30

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between cement and concrete? Learn about the local cement foundry and how the foundry and cement business shaped the greater Hannibal area.

Describing Historic Neighborhoods

May 18 | 3:15-4:30

Join Karen Bode Baxter and Esley Hamilton as they bus through Hannibal’s Central Park and Maple Avenue historic districts, which reflect the city’s heyday as a railroading and lumbering center.  They will explain how they determined logical boundaries for the National Register districts, how they classified the architectural styles of the buildings, and how they distinguished original building features from alterations, some of which were historic in themselves.


City of Palmyra Field Session

May 19 | 8:30-12:45

Join local Jim Talley on a van tour to some of Palmyra’s beautiful historic homes.








Window Workshop

May 17 | 2:00-5:00


Wood Window Repair will be a fun and intense three hour hands-on workshop about the repair & weatherization of historic double hung windows. Nationally known preservation trades artisan, author, former PBS host & educator, Bob Yapp will be leading the workshop in the woodworking studio of his Hannibal based school, The Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation. Limited to 12 participants. 





Maintaining Your Historic Property Workshop

May 17 | 8:30-11:30

Using the historic 8th & Center St. Baptist Church as a focus, we will look at developing preservation/maintenance techniques and strategies necessary to overcome deferred maintenance.

Matters also addressed include building inspection & survey, compiling a maintenance manual, developing long range preservation/maintenance programs, and establishing a cyclical maintenance program and finally addressing fundraising.






Old Baptist Cemetery Workshop

May 18 | 8:30-11:30

Join Gery Keshner at the Old Baptist Cemetery to learn about the best practices for the repair and cleaning of headstones. This workshop is open to individuals of all skill levels. Limited to 15 participants.


Restoration of Historic Finishes, Gilding and Murals Workshop

May 18 | 1:45-4:30

Susan Greene, a renowned artisan in Historic Preservation, will be presenting a workshop on both wood graining and marbleizing. The marble type that will be taught is a combination of Verde Aver and Verde Malachite. These provide learning techniques in both applying and removing the glaze to create veins and depth. The wood type that will be taught is Crotch Cut Mahogany.  This is a more difficult type of wood to replicate but techniques taught will provide knowledge into other types of faux wood graining techniques like oak and walnut. Materials will be provided. Some may need to be shared.  Come ready to create and get your hands a little dirty.


Plaster Repair Workshop

May 19 | 8:30-12:45


This workshop will teach the basics of plastering and how to do your own plaster repair and patching. Learn the differences between plaster and drywall, the chemical reaction that takes place as well as safety and simple short cuts to make work quick but still achieve outstanding results. Simple, repetitive exercises will be taught to give attendees command of the tools so they get more plaster on the walls and not themselves. This workshop will include hands-on patchwork on easels, texture matching and blending and an intro to 3 coat work. Expect an informal Q&A session while you get knee-deep in plaster.  Be prepared to get dirty and no open-toed shoes! Limited to 8 participants. 


Historic Building Development Workshop

This advanced training workshop brings together industry experts and government officials to discuss issues impacting historic building development projects in Missouri, especially those utilizing historic tax credits. Design and construction issues will be the focus of a series of sessions on: insulating masonry walls, integrating contemporary building systems into historic buildings, determining when to call in a structural engineer, and restoring or reconstructing missing historic features using today’s materials. One session will also examine how to create and utilize conservation districts to protect investments into historic buildings. Officials will address changes in the SHPO’s review and process for historic tax credit applications, suggest ways to clarify the descriptions of the scope of work to speed application reviews, identify common procedural mistakes that stall federal historic tax credit applications, clarify how to define separate buildings and additions for purposes of preparing federal applications, and consider ways to maximize flexibility in historic building redevelopment projects when submitting tax credit applications and National Register nominations. Financial specialists will identify ways to maximize tax credits through detailing on invoices and overlooked project costs, explore a variety of other tax credit programs to couple with historic tax credits as financing vehicles for historic rehabs, and examine how to calculate whether to use a 24 or 60-month basis period and the related nuances of phasing applications.

Part One | May 17 8:30-11:30

Part Two | May 17 2:00-5:00

Part Three | May 18 8:30-11:30