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Echoes of the Past, Vision for the Future: The Vitality of Historic Preservation


Thursday, November 9, 2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Montgomery Bank Conference & Training Center*, 526 W. Main Street, Jackson, MO 63755

*Free parking on-site.

Downtown main streets often have historical significance as the heart of a community’s identity and culture. Preserving historic buildings and structures helps maintain a sense of continuity with the past, allowing residents and visitors to connect with the history and heritage of the area. Well-preserved historic downtowns can attract increased economic activity. Heritage tourism, which involves visitors coming to experience historical and cultural attractions, can bring in revenue to local businesses, hotels, and restaurants. The preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings can also spur economic development by providing spaces for new businesses, offices, and housing. This workshop will provide training on the following topics: preservation planning, preservation incentives and benefits, and identifying and designating historic resources. Participants will receive AIA and APA continuing education credits.

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Main Street Opportunities

Main Street Professional Directory

Email Ben White at to use the free Professional Directory to connect with specialists & experts covering a host of disciplines in preservation-based economic development to mobilize your organization in implementing your downtown revitalization project.

Main Street Resource Library

Ensure you are a MMSC investor to gain access to our Main Street Resource Library that hosts documents covering all areas of the Main Street Approach™.

Email Staci Cox at for more information about becoming an investor.

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"Doctor Is In"

The MMSC Historic Preservation Committee is accepting applications for its free “Doctor is In” consultation service open to MMSC’s top three tier Main Street organizations.

Whether it is an existing project or a new emergency with a downtown property, no preservation project is too big or small for MMSC’s Board and Advisory members to provide guidance, answers, and connections to assist you in accomplishing your districts preservation goals.

Learn more, review eligibility, and fill out the submission form on our website to have a consultation with the Doctors regarding your preservation project.

Contact Ben White at if you have any questions.

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Main Street 101 Training

Main Street 101 is a free online training series that provides flexible training on the Main Street Approach™ for new board members, volunteers, staff, and city officials. This tool includes 40-45 minute long modules that can be used for volunteer development, committee training, and leadership development. The training series includes various resources and guides to help a Main Street program with further committee development. 
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Congratulations To Those Certified In October!

Raytown Main Street

Barb Keogh

Main Street Kirksville

Justin Tallman

Stephanie McGrew

Jessica Sinclair

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Kemper Fund for Kansas and Missouri, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and USDA Rural Development.

Heritage Circle

From local restaurants to festivals and events, Missouri's Main Streets are places of limitless potential to create new memories. Fall brings around times of harvest, shared meals, and preparations for winter. Each local Main Street program preserves its historic assets and celebrates its fall traditions in unique ways.

Be a partner with MMSC through Heritage Circle to support us provide educational opportunities and resources to continue the preservation and creation of memories in Missouri's Main Streets.

Sharing Meals and Creating New Memories

Fall brings cool weather to enjoy heart-warming flavors packed with spices and memories. From mouth-watering Pumpkin Spiced Apple Danishes in Warrensburg, MO to memory-evoking S'mores sundaes in Independence, MO, you are sure to have a fall treat to enjoy.

Pumpkin Spiced Apple Danishes

Green Truck Bakery in Warrensburg, MO.

S'mores Sundae

Clinton's in Independence, MO.

Preserving Fall Traditions

Carrollton, MO

Carrollton, MO

Carrollton, MO is home to small-town family-oriented friends who enjoy a good time out together that’s centered around delicious food and locally made beverages. That’s why My Hometown Carrollton’s new annual competition on the downtown square, in front of the River Bottoms Brewing Company, is such a success!

My Hometown Carrollton invited their community to compete in the 2nd Annual Stein Hoisting Competition at the "SIPPIN' ON THE SQUARE." All proceeds from the event went to benefit My Hometown Carrollton, whose mission is to enhance a sense of community, empower business owners, and preserve the heart of Carrollton.

The event was for Ages 21 and over and offered Men's and Women's Categories so that all of the adults in the community could participate in the challenge! Next year, they plan to make the event even bigger and better.

Campbell, MO

Campbell, MO

Campbell Main Street held its 3rd annual Campbell Main Street: Cotton & Camel Festival on October 7, 2023. They, again, coordinated the date with the Campbell High School (CHS) Alumni Association. This year’s theme “AUTUMN GOLD” celebrated the gold of CHS black and gold; the bright gold of falling leaves in the peach orchards; the golden friendships of this reunion weekend; and all shades of gold in the surrounding fields of cotton, hay, and cornstalks.

The festival included a variety of vendors, local food sources, kids activities, and the return of the talented musician Brandi Lee. Businesses welcomed shoppers with store windows decked in the Autumn Gold theme.

One character highlighting the day was the marionette “Goldie.” Goldie helped promote the festival. Now, Goldie has taken up residence in Campbell on display in a classroom at Campbell Elementary School.

The Approach That Makes the Difference

Missouri Main Street Connection empowers communities through the Main Street Approach™ which was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Main Street America. By using preservation-based economic development, downtown districts in Missouri are thriving and making an impact on their community.

You are invited to support Heritage Circle through a monetary donation. Your donation will have a lasting impact in the creation of memories in your community and many others. Your donation supports communities across Missouri and celebrates the importance of community culture, the value of local history, and embraces traditions that make each community irreplaceable.

Your donation can be made monthly or annually in whatever amount you choose. Please choose the frequency of your donation to Missouri Main Street Connection today by clicking on one of the buttons below.

As a gift of appreciation, you may receive an exclusively designed lapel pin, handmade ceramic mug, or other gifts that show our gratitude and your support in preserving your community.

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YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Missouri Main Street Connection is a statewide, 501c3, not-for-profit organization and is the leading statewide nonprofit organization devoted to preservation-based economic development. Through the Main Street America® movement and our partners, we empower community revitalization by celebrating, supporting, and sustaining Missouri historic commercial districts in both rural and urban settings.

Thank You to Our Heritage Circle Donors!

Robert Espeland

Gayla & Ken Roten

Margaret Waterman & Steven Hoffman

Chris Johnston

Robert Lewis

Thank You to our October Investors


  • Mainstreet Macon Downtown
  • The Historic Russell Hotel
  • Historic Downtown Sikeston
  • Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization
  • Sparta Historic District
  • Love the Harrisonville Square
  • Historic Downtown Liberty


  • John Griesheimer


  • City of Albany
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Missouri Main Street Connection is a statewide, 501c3, not-for-profit organization committed to fostering renewed vitality and sustainability in historic commercial districts across the state of Missouri.
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