The New Haven Preservation Society

Securing Our Future by Preserving Our Past

Mission

Securing Our Future by Preserving Our Past

Ruling year info

2004

President

Mr. David Menke

Main address

810 Maupin Ave PO Box 338

New Haven, MO 63068 USA

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EIN

43-1793318

NTEE code info

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Anna Bell Chapel

THE NEW HAVEN, MISSOURI PRESERVATION SOCIETY is moving forward with the restoration of the 129-year-old AME Church of New Haven, Anna Bell Chapel, at its present river bluff location, 225 Selma. The Preservation Society will retain ownership of the church and land.

The New Haven A.M.E. Church was one of the early churches established by freed blacks in postbellum Missouri. According to local sources the church was founded in 1865 by a former slave, Anna Pryor Bell who moved to the area after the Civil War from nearby Montgomery County. With the help, of neighbors she erected a log cabin which was used for services. Occasional flooding at the Missouri River bottomland site prompted the congregation to purchase a lot on the river bluff in New Haven. Anna rode horseback throughout the community to collect donations to build the new church in 1893 which would become known as Anna Bell Chapel.

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Even with the limitations imposed by social distancing and wearing of masks in 2021, the Preservation Society was able to participate in community events and host our annual Christmas House Tour.
In May, 2021 we participated in the Miller’s Landing Day festival by having an ice cream booth. It was exciting to be part of the annual Balloon Glow and Race which is sponsored by Pepsi each year in September. With thousands of visitors, our food wagon did a booming business. The highlight of the year was the society’s Annual Candelight Christmas House Tour which occurs on the first Sunday in December. The 2021 tour had the largest number of entries ever, a total combination of nine homes, business, and churches, and with marvelous weather with mild temperatures the tour brought out a good crowd of pre-Christmas sightseers.

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SECURING OUR FUTURE BY PRESERVING OUR PAST
NEW HAVEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Even with the limitations imposed by social distancing and wearing of masks in 2021, the Preservation Society was able to participate in community events and host our annual Christmas House Tour.
In May, 2021 we participated in the Miller’s Landing Day festival by having an ice cream booth. It was exciting to be part of the annual Balloon Glow and Race which is sponsored by Pepsi each year in September. With thousands of visitors, our food wagon did a booming business. The highlight of the year was the society’s Annual Candelight Christmas House Tour which occurs on the first Sunday in December. The 2021 tour had the largest number of entries ever, a total combination of nine homes, business, and churches, and with marvelous weather with mild temperatures the tour brought out a good crowd of pre-Christmas sightseers.
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Currently the biggest project the society is working on is the renovation and relocation of the Anna Bell Chapel, a historic AME Church. In the Spring of 2022, the Preservation Society took ownership of the lot and the church which is presently located on Selma Street in New Haven. The history of this small church is quite unique. Built in1893, the church served the African-American population for nearly 100 years. Unfortunately, with a declining membership, the building was closed in the 1990’s and has been vacant for nearly thirty years. The building desperately needs renovation if it is to be preserved. In 2020 the society voted to help in the preservation and restoration of the church.
Upon completion of renovations, it is expected to become a major attraction in the historic district in downtown New Haven.
The Anna Bell Chapel fundraising campaign began in March 2022 and currently over $75,000 has been donated by individuals and businesses. With in-kind support from the City for the site and site preparation, along with anticipated grant funds, we look forward to the project being sufficiently funded.

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The New Haven Preservation Society

Board of directors
as of 09/14/2022
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Board chair

David Menke

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