The Timmons Hall is an old church that was moved from downtown Springfield to Silver Springs Park in 2015. It is located at 1055 E Webster St, Springfield, MO 65802. It now serves as an event space and offers educational, cultural, and historical experiences. The Hall is owned by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. A community celebration was held on Timmons Hall Day to commemorate the building’s relocation. A story about the building’s history by Sara Karnes, a Springfield resident, was published in the Springfield Journal-Leader.
The new building is located in the city’s Silver Spring Park, which recently celebrated its centennial anniversary. In the early twentieth century, this park was the only park in Springfield for African Americans, so the new building shares many of the same features. Today, the museum is a center for local educators and community members. In addition to hosting community events, Timmons Hall is home to free classes on African American history. This year’s free program is called “Rethinking Black History Month,” and will feature Dr. LaGarett King.
Until recently, the building served as the temple for local residents. The building was slated to be demolished but residents and community members wanted to preserve it. Eventually, the building was renamed Timmons Hall. Christine Peoples, the program coordinator at Timmons Hall, was selected to coordinate events. She will be presenting a lecture on black history at the hall’s new “History Cafe.”
This year’s program features several special events and workshops for educators and students. The first of these activities is the Juneteenth Celebration. The NAACP Springfield hosted the event. There were several activities and celebrations throughout the community. The event was attended by nearly a thousand community members, and the NAACP Springfield hosted a rousing Juneteenth celebration. There are many more activities planned for the month, including a free concert featuring jazz and gospel music.
As the community rallied to save the building, some local businesses and residents stepped forward to support its restoration. One of these groups, the Friends of Timmons Hall, donated $70,000 to help relocate the structure. The nonprofit organization backed the project by allowing local African American authors to speak about the history of baseball. During the event, many authors of baseball-related books were also honored. And a great many other volunteers participated in the event to promote the preservation of the Timmons Hall.
Timmons Hall is a beloved landmark in Springfield, Missouri. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati relies on community support to operate and preserve the building. By donating time, money, and services, you can help redevelop the historic space and restore it to its original beauty. A donation of just five minutes will go a long way toward preserving Timmons Hall as a public space. A donation will help the community build a new heritage trail for future generations.