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Renovations Begin on Historic Church

Michele Skalicky

Donations are needed to complete renovations at historic Timmons Temple. The church, which served Springfield’s African-American community for more than 80 years, was moved to Silver Springs Park to save it from demolition.

The building just got a new roof—the first major renovation work since it was moved to make way for apartments.  Money was provided for the project by a donation from Great Southern Bank.

The next projects will be connection to water and sewer and reconstruction of the building’s stone front porch.

Fundraising efforts continue for the building’s infill and renovation, including doors, sidewalk, restrooms, accessible ramp, window repair, tuck pointing and more. The Building and Construction Trade Council of Springfield and Vicinity and local contractors have pledged to donate labor and some materials.  But several thousand dollars more are needed to complete the overall $250,000 project. To make a donation, visit

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.