When the city of Linn, Missouri celebrated its centennial anniversary last year, all eyes were on the past. The city honored its most historical locations, from the Mayor’s House—the city’s oldest continuous home—to the Thriftway Grocery Store, originally established 50 years ago. But for lifelong Linn residents like Roberta Schwinke and Mary Lou Schulte, preserving the city’s stories and treasures is a year-round effort.
Darren Hellwege takes us on a Sunday morning visit to Boonville. We find a church where the ministry is a family affair, and some old friends who are a part of a great music scene in Cooper County. They all share a love of their neighbors, and of the history of this friendly river town.
Russellville is a small town of about 800 people on the rural outskirts of Jefferson City. A bedroom community for some is a vibrant, tight-knit culture for others. As a former railroad town Russellville has struggled to grow and to stay relevant. But it’s still got a strong sense of itself and hope for its future.