HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Several residents and organizations will be recognized May 18 for their historic preservation efforts in Hannibal.
Each will receive the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation Legacy Award, presented to people and groups of the annual conference's host city.
This year's award recipients are Terri and Bill Martin, Faye and Joel Dant, Pat and Bob Yapp, Jean and Scott Meyer, Nora Creason and Don Metcalf, Mark Twain Museum, Historic Hannibal Marketing Council and Hannibal History Museum.
"They were nominated by community leaders, then a panel here narrowed the nominations down to eight," said Bill Hart, executive director of Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.
"Some may have been here for a long time and made a huge impact, and some may have been here for a short time and made a huge impact" in preserving historical buildings and the community's historical legacy.
The statewide Missouri Preservation conference will be in Hannibal from May 17 through May 19. In the conference's 26-year history, this marks the second time it has come to Hannibal, Hart said.
"We select host cities based on a set of criteria," he said. "One requirement is that they have a city ordinance that protects historic preservation. Another is the number of hotels and conference space available."
A third requirement is that the conference be held in a different geographical region each year.
"We hadn't been to Northeast Missouri in a while," Hart said. Last year's conference was in Cape Girardeau.
About 200 are expected to attend the conference and its more than 30 educational sessions. Tours of historic buildings and communities such as Palmyra and Ilasco; networking events; and a trade show featuring architects and consultants, contractors, building supply manufacturers and dealers will take place, as well.
The conference theme is Home Town Preservation, focusing on the special opportunities and challenges in the preservation of small towns.
People interested in learning more about the schedule of events or attending may visit preservemo.org and click on the Conference tab.
The Hannibal organizations and residents receiving the Legacy Award will be honored with a dinner and ceremony 6 to 9 p.m. May 18 at Orchard Event Center, 2200 Palmyra Road.
Tickets are $30; details are available at conference.red40net.com.