Bill Hart

Bill Hart is a fifth generation Missouri native, having grown up in Perry County in southeast Missouri. His interest in small town and roadside Missouri was fostered by his work for the past several years with the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation (Missouri Preservation), where he currently serves as Executive Director. He holds a degree in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and did his graduate coursework in Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Bill is particularly interested in vanishing Missouri building types, including roadside and countryside. He was one of the founders of the Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network (Mo BARN), advocating for documentation and preservation of Missouri’s historic farmsteads.

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Bill Hart will present his book Historic Missouri Roadsides at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Ozark Regional Library in Fredericktown. Hart’s book was published in 2015 by Reedy Press and features six history tours of Missouri on two-lane highways. Like

Missouri's bicentennial is two months away, so The Examiner sat down with Audrey Elder, who runs an Independence business focused on preservation. Our conversation was about some of the better books on Missouri history and touched on Truman, Twain, baseball, the


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