BHS Spring Meeting April 13, 7 p.m.

Missouri historian Brett Rogers will be the guest speaker at the Boonslick Historical Society Spring meeting April 13 at the historic Fayette First Christian Church, 307 N. Church St. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and the general public is invited

Rogers will make a presentation that explores the life and work of Ludwig Abt, one of the most important Missouri architects of the 20th century, and his influence on the architectural landscape of small-town Missouri. Special attention will be paid to Abt’s work in Howard, Cooper and surrounding counties and the preservation of these unique architectural landmarks.

In a prolific career that spanned over a half century, the German-born Abt designed some of the most important and recognizable landmarks in central and northern Missouri. Between 1912, when he first opened his office in Moberly, until his formal retirement in 1965, Abt designed well over 250 structures—schools, churches (including the First Christian churches in Fayette and Boonville), hospitals, theaters, lodges, residences, and other types of private and public buildings throughout the region and beyond.

Rogers, who specializes in architectural history, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in social studies and history from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A resident of Boonville and member of the Boonslick Historical Society Board of directors, Rogers is an instructor of history at Missouri Valley College. He also teaches history at Columbia College and William Woods University.

The Fayette First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was organized about 1830 and originally met in homes and possibly in a log school building. In 1845, members purchased the Methodist Church building at the corner of what is now Church and Spring streets. This original frame building was replaced in 1886. When that building burned, the current church edifice, designed by Ludwig Abt, was completed in 1917.

BHS Summer Meeting June 10, 2-4 p.m.

Tour the historic Thomson-Denny House in Glasgow, a magnificent Italianate mansion built in 1875 by James S. Thomson, a descendant of Pocahontas. This 29 room house has 10,000 sq ft of floor space. The house was later owned by Jack H. Denny, a Glasgow lawyer. The current owner is Kimberly Reckner, who operates the house as a bed-and-breakfast facility and as a location for special occasions.

The home features 7 fireplaces, beautiful alternating oak and walnut floors, a grand staircase, intricate plaster crown moldings and ceiling medallions, 12 foot ceilings, walnut woodwork, and interior louvered shutters. The upper cupola provides a panoramic view.

The inside walls are 3 brick thick and all of the outside walls are 4 brick thick. It is estimated that there are well over a million bricks in this house and it would cost over a Million Dollars to rebuild this house today! This stately mansion sets on over an acre with large trees. Some furnishings stay including the pipe organ and large wardrobe.

There will be a $5 a person fee for the tour.

BHS Fall Meeting November 3 or 4, 5:30 p.m.

The annual fall banquet will be at the historic J. Huston Tavern in the historic Village of Arrow Rock. Following the social hour and dinner, BHS member Michael Dickey, administrator of the Arrow Rock State Historic Site, will present a program on the Marmaduke family, an influential clan in Missouri business and politics in the 19th century: two members served as Governor of Missouri, Meredith Miles Marmaduke and his son John Sappington Marmaduke, the latter also was a General in the Confederate Army, serving under Sterling Price.