Over the 90 years of service to the community, the Historic Shrine has had episodes of strife. In the early 1970s, the building had fell into disrepair and there was fear of it being razed. By the late 1970s, the Shriners and the community rallied around the historic landmark and began revitalization efforts. While the restoration effort was amazing, the needs continue to this day. In 1982 the structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
To further the restoration and preservation efforts, the Shrine Mosque Preservation Association was formed in 1986 as a duly recognized 501c3. The mission of the Shrine Mosque Preservation Association is to preserve and restore the Historic Shrine back to its 1920’s glory for continued use by the community and the Abou Ben Adhem Shriners. Donations made to this organization are fully deductible up to the limit of the law and serve to restore this historical landmark. Organizational speakers are available to attend your function and speak of the fascinating history and community support.
While numerous preservation efforts have been made on the building (roof, domes, ramps, mason work, interior painting, etc.), the effort is not complete. A goal has been established to raise $500,000 to complete needed repairs in preparation for the centennial in 2023. To this end a development and preservation effort has been established to reach out to the community the building has served for over 90 years. The outreach is a combination of grant writing, event development, and facility rental; however, it is the support of the community and individuals that is most desperately needed! To find out how you or your organization can ensure future generations will see this historical landmark, please contact Douglas Pitts, Director of Development and Preservation, at 417-230-5660. Over 90 years of community laughter, joy, and service in an amazing venue await your help. Thank you!
“Our historic places and buildings help tell the story of our communities, who we are and how we lived. They are the tangible links to our past and the physical representation of the people and events that shaped our unique history.”
- National Trust for Historic Preservation