Historian Thomas Gubbels Featured Speaker at BLRA Meeting

Thomas J. Gubbels, associate professor of history at Lincoln University, will be the featured speaker at the fall meeting of the Boone’s Lick Road Association (BLRA) on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Arrow Rock Historic Site Visitor Center in Saline County.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. The title of Gubbels’ presentation is “Lifting Missouri Out of the Mud.” This presentation traces the history and evolution of Missouri’s highways in the 20th century. Topics include the creation of the Missouri State Highway Department and political resistance to road construction, as well as discussions of Missouri’s Centennial Road Law and the state’s role in the creation of Route 66 and the interstate highway system.

For more information, contact BHLRA President David Sapp at: Phone: 573-443-8964, Email: dsapp88@centurylink.net

State Historical Society President Bob Priddy Featured Speaker at BHS Fall Meeting

Bob Priddy, president of the State Historical Society of Missouri, will be the guest speaker at the Boonslick Historical Society (BHS) fall meeting, Sunday, November 5, at the historic Hotel Frederick in Booneville.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program. Dinner reservations (due by Oct. 27) are required for everyone, including non-BHS members. Contact Cindy Bowen at 660-273-2374 or by email at cbowen@socket.net or return the reservation form included in the magazine. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person.

Reservations will be on a first-come, first served basis, as capacity for seating at the dinner is limited to 80 persons.

Priddy, of Jefferson City, is a well-known historian, author and broadcast journalist who served as news director of Missourinet Radio for 40 years before retiring in December 2014. A long-time member of the State Historical Society of Missouri Board of Directors, he became president of the organization in October 2016.

His comments at the fall meeting will include observations on the new building to house the State Historical Society – the $40-million Center for Missouri Studies – currently under construction near the University of Missouri campus in Columbia and slated for completion in 2019. During his three-year term as SHSMO president, Priddy will help guide the SHSMO effort to raise $20 million for an operating endowment.