David loves history and his hometown of Joplin, Missouri. Since childhood, he has admired three historic houses on Sergeant Avenue and West Fourth Street in the Murphysburg Historic District near downtown Joplin. When two of the houses were listed for sale, he saw it as an opportunity to preserve them as examples of Joplin’s rich history. Today, all three of the homes—the Schifferdecker, Zelleken, and A.H. Rogers Houses—are being restored as living museums to showcase Joplin’s storied past, and to serve as a place for members of the community to learn about the city’s history.
JOPLIN HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS, INC.
Joplin Historical Neighborhoods, Inc., preserves and memorializes the history and architecture of Joplin by acquiring, researching, restoring, maintaining, and insuring residential properties located in the Murphysburg Historic District.
When the historic homes are restored and furnished with period furniture, they will serve as living museums. They will provide examples of early Joplin architecture and interior design, and will tell the history of Joplin through stories about some of Joplin’s founding families.