Joplin leaders plan to move forward with historical study of East Town and Memorial Hall

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Joplin city leaders are hoping to move ahead with projects investigating the history of two parts of town.

Joplin city council members approved applying for grants to help pay for studies focusing on the past of the East Town neighborhoods south of Broadway as well as Memorial Hall. The projects are estimated to total around $40 thousand dollars. They are designed to highlight structures like the former home of a Joplin grade school principal.

“Washington Elementary. One of his homes has been identified and eligible as a National Historic Register property. So you know it’s really about learning what we have,” says Thomas Walters, Joplin Community Development Planner.

Workers hope to find enough of historical significance to apply for the National Register of Historic places for both East Town and Memorial Hall.

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