Evening Events

Opening Reception

Wednesday, June 7 | 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

The Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex 212 W. 7th Street | Joplin, Missouri 64801

Join us at the beautiful Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment complex for a warm welcome to the 2023 Missouri Preservation Conference! Visit the Beshore Performance Hall at 6pm for brief remarks, including learning about the site’s history and how it has come full circle, and explore the art galleries throughout the event, as well as enjoy appetizers catered by Joplin’s long-standing Red Onion Cafe. Cash bar available (though credit/debit card preferred).


Iconic Joplin Awards Ceremony

Thursday, June 8 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Location: 202 South Joplin Avenue

In celebration of Joplin’s 150th Birthday, six teams of teens collaborated to build local landmarks out of LEGO bricks. They include the Bonnie & Clyde Hideout; Crystal Cave; Grand Falls; Joplin Public Library (20th & Connecticut); Joplin Union Depot; and the Olivia Apartments. Each creative build highlights unique features of the landmarks and their histories. Teams received expert assistance and/or behind-the-scenes tours from historians, architects, engineers, and LEGO gurus. Awards to be presented include People’s Choice Award for the public’s favorite; Technical Award for best authentic reproduction of the landmark; Creativity Award for most innovative design and/or use of bricks; and Storytelling Award for the team that best relates history through their build. The presenting sponsor for the Awards Ceremony is Neal Group Construction. Refreshments provided by Post Art Library.