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The Story of You

For anyone bitten by the genealogy bug, there has never been a better time to delve deep into your own family’s history. Columbia is rich in resources to make your journey of discovery a rewarding one. “As a researcher of over 35 years —…

MU Through the Years

In 1890 Dr. Austin Lee McRae, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Missouri, proposed organizing a school "foot ball" team. The fledgling team's games were so popular that money raised from ticket sales helped spawn a…

Magical Memories

PHOTO: CHRIS FLETCHER Celebrating its 20th anniversary this holiday season, the Magic Tree has become one of Columbia’s beloved holiday traditions. The tree’s astonishing color and light would be attraction enough to draw an artist’s…

Symbols of The Cemetery

Dana Bocke is a “cemetery geek.” She spends her free time roaming through cemeteries. “I go to cemeteries like other people go on vacation,” she says. No, she isn’t chasing ghosts. Bocke is studying funerary art — the…

Booning Up On History

I shook my head. How can this happen? Our crew had spent a delightful morning at Powder Valley Nature Conservation Area, filming displays of fauna and flora, all tucked into steep hills and valleys within a chip shot of the crossroads of…

Columbia’s Gangs

The letters “NFC” are a fairly common tattoo around here. But the tattoo doesn’t mean what it once did. In the 1980s, Columbia’s first gang came on the scene and introduced crack cocaine into the city, according to Detective Jonathan…

Columbia, The Beautiful

Naysayers might remark that Columbia is an architectural wasteland. We’re out to prove them wrong with this small sampling of the architectural cornerstones that Columbia can claim as its own. The residential landscape of the city may…

One on One With Mayor McDavid

PHOTO BY L.G. PATTERSON What was your initial reaction when you found out you won your second term? I was glad the election was over. You spend a lot of time as mayor. You go through a lot of initiatives and a lot of work. You…

Redeeming Douglass Park

Douglass Park is a second home to Albert. He’s alone in the middle of one of the three ashy pink basketball courts. A wiry black man with the energy and enthusiasm of a 20-year-old, he walks out into the afternoon sun with a plate of…