History of the Field Services Program
Our Field Services Program began in August of 2008 through a Partners in the Field Challenge Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant, which was made possible through Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust, provided a 50% match to Missouri Preservation’s own fundraising efforts to establish the program and provide field services on the ground in our local communities for a three year period.
Our Field Services program has been very successful in bringing “boots on the ground” to scores of Missouri communities wishing to preserve the historic built environment and save places that matter in these first years. Our focus in this endeavor has been in four primary ways: education and outreach, technical assistance, program delivery, and identification of emerging issues. Our Field Representative has traveled to every corner of the state in delivering these services to Missouri residents, and at the end of the initial grant period provided a report to our donors outlining our successes entitled, Missouri’s Partners in the Field Program: Protecting Places That Matter, 2009-2011.
Some of the many ways in which our Field Representative has worked to preserve Missouri place and community for future generations:
- Conducted workshops and presentations throughout the state aimed at making preservation an economic development tool
- Invigorated a Local Liaisons Program to create an informational conduit between our preservation organization and individual communities across the state of Missouri
- Initiated the founding of the state’s first organization aimed at protecting rural historic resources: the Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network. This organization has already partnered with the State Historic Preservation Office to develop materials that can be used by both entities establishing Missouri’s first statewide rural/farmstead survey. Also visit the barn alliance on Facebook.
- Initiated a Missouri Preservation conference session on advocacy for historic bridges, bringing a new audience to historic preservation and helping to pave the way for the formation of a statewide Missouri Bridge Alliance
- Increased the number of clients reached by electronic media by increasing membership to our list-serve (200+ members) and by starting a Facebook social networking page (1,000+ friends).
- Began regular communication with our preservation advocates by publishing a Local Liaisons Newsletter and “Where is Bill?” which is an online travelogue of the field representatives activities in Missouri
- Encouraged the establishment and expansion of historic districts in Missouri, through both the National Register of Historic places and local historic district recognition programs and ordinances
- Appeared in person at many local meetings and hearings in Missouri to advocate for preservation of our important historic resources
- Worked actively with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to encourage more applications for NTHP grants, thereby increasing the numbers of successful projects and dollars for preservation in Missouri
- Responded to hundreds of requests for technical assistance and information from throughout the state
- Successfully contributed to programming efforts at Missouri Preservation, specifically the Most Endangered Historic Places Program, the Statewide Preservation Honor Awards Program, and the Annual Conference
- Worked with national and statewide organizations such as the National Trust, the State Historic Preservation Office, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and others to get information out to our citizens about important programs and activities to support historic preservation in Missouri.
- Partnered with a Truman State University intern to get many images and information in an African-American historic places survey digitized for use by the public, worked toward establishment of a formal listing of African-American historic sites in Missouri for a self-guided discovery tour.
- Has been physically present in every one of Missouri’s 114 counties, traveling the state’s roads, meeting the state’s people and documenting and helping to preserve historic resources along the way. A Field Representative can assist you in your quest to preserve important historic resources in your community. We can provide a speaker for your upcoming event or to speak to your county elected officials about preservation issues. We might be able to help you identify funding for your local preservation project and find a mentor who has recently undertaken a similar project in their own community.
To inquire about field services, call (660) 882-5946 or email our Executive Director Bill Hart at email@example.com