DBRL Programs

The Historic Avenue of the Columns
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

» The program at 7 p.m. has been canceled.

NOTE: This program has been rescheduled for April 25. At the center of Francis Quadrangle, the heart of the University of Missouri campus, stand six Ionic columns that once supported the portico of Academic Hall which burned down in 1892. They visually mark the southern end of Eighth Street. Standing on the Courthouse lawn, on the northern end of the street, are four Doric columns in the Courthouse Square, all that is left of the second Boone County Courthouse. Today, these two sets of columns stand as visual reminders of the history of the town, county and university. Come hear local historian Deborah Thompson tell us more about the buildings that once stood where the columns are now and the events that were set in motion when fire destroyed Academic Hall. Deborah is a former executive director of the Boone County Historical Society Museum and Galleries and is the co-author of a forthcoming book, "Boone County, Missouri: Our First Century 1804-1904."

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