Friends of Rocheport

P.O. Box  122, Rocheport, MO  65279

State Historical Society President to Address Friends of Rocheport at October 2017 General Meeting

The next Friends of Rocheport General Meeting will be October 15, 2017 at the Rocheport Community Hall.  This meeting begins a new format to include a guest speaker in addition to the traditional carry-in dinner and business meeting at the Community Hall.  As usual, the dinner will be at 5:00, followed by the speaker at 6:00, and then the business meeting will conclude the evening

With the construction under way for a new Center for Missouri Studies by the State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO), it is an opportunity for our members to hear details of the project.  Bob Priddy, President of SHSMO, will provide those details.  Abigail Anderson, Senior Advancement Officer for SHSMO, also will be attending.

The new center will be a cultural venue at Seventh and Elm in downtown Columbia, an expanded research center, art museum, document retention center, classrooms, and performance venues for visitors to enjoy presentations, films, programs, and special events.

Priddy spent forty years writing the first page of history while he covered Missouri politics and government as the news director of The Missourinet, a statewide radio network that provides news, sports and other programs to about sixty radio stations. He remains a Contributing Editor, continuing his “Across Our Wide Missouri” program that recounts things that happened on specific dates in Missouri history, covering motorsports for the Missourinet sports webpage, and continuing commentary with his blog,

He's the author of five books including his latest one about the art of the Missouri Capitol and a separate book about Thomas Hart Benton’s capitol mural.  He hopes to send his next manuscript to the publishers in a few weeks, a book about the construction of the Capitol and the struggle of Jefferson City to remain the seat of state government.

He and Nancy, live in Jefferson City.  They have a grown daughter, Liz, who lives with her husband in Columbia, and their son, Rob, who lives with his wife and two daughters in Longmont Colorado.



2017 Friends of Rocheport T-Shirt Contest Winners

This year there was a tie for the winner of the Friends of Rocheport T-shirt Contest sponsored by Conrad & Dixie Yates.  Rosemary Christensen was one of the winners with her photo taken at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Isarel.  The other winning photo was submitted by Mike & Caitlin Campbell who took their photo at Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park.

Congratulations to the winners!!  I am sure they are going to love breakfast for four at Yates House!!

Chili/Ham & Bean Dinner

and Bake Sale

50th Anniversary Celebration

The Friends of Rocheport 50th Anniversary Celebration & Fun Fest was held on August 20, 2017.  Bill Clark emceed the event.  Monett Lite spoke about her involvement in the Friends of Rocheport, including her contributions to the Rocheport Memories book.  James Mauser also was on hand to talk about his involvement as an illustrator for the Rocheport Memories book.  Relatives of the Founders and Charter Members of the Friends of Rocheport were recognized and The Meanwells were on hand to entertain the crowd with their folk/bluegrass music.

More photos of the event can be found here.

The Friends of Rocheport has a Walking Tour Brochure so you can take a self-guided tour around Rocheport.  Patrick Cronan prepared the walking tour and it tells many of the historic stories of Rocheport.  Click here to start our walking tour.

 Patti Michel won the contest last year with her picture taken at Mt. Rushmore National Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota.


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