William Michael Hart

Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation
About the Speaker

Bill Hart is a seventh-generation Missourian. His interest in small-town and roadside Missouri was fostered by his work for the fourteen years for the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation where he currently serves as executive director. He holds a B.S. in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and did his graduate work in Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Particularly interested in vanishing buildings along the roadside and countryside, he was one of the founders of the Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network (MoBARN), advocating for barn and homestead preservation.

Historic Missouri Roadsides: Traveling Missouri on 2-Lane Highways

This presentation is in the form of a travelogue, with the book having five guided tours of Missouri on two-lane highways. Richly illustrated with photographs from the author's collection. Featured as well are six "destination" points, where one might spend a longer staycation. Like a travel book, places to eat, stay and visit are included, but only those owned by Missouri citizens, helping to establish and nurture historic tourism to benefit Missourians.