Rhonda Chalfant

Contributing Columnist

Bio

Rhonda Chalfant is the president of the Pettis County chapter of NAACP and the Pettis County Historical Society. 

Historians researching individual buildings such as Sedalia’s Central Presbyterian Church often rely on the Sanborn Insurance Maps and City Di…

The 1882 History of Pettis County details the origins and work of two of Sedalia’s Presbyterian churches — Broadway Presbyterian Church on Wes…

The 1882 History of Pettis County describes in great detail the origins of the Old School Presbyterian Church, otherwise known as First Presby…

In the 1850s, the northern part of Pettis County saw an increased number of affluent settlers. They were referred to by the local residents as…

The early settlers of Pettis County practiced many religions, but most followed Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, or the Disciples of Christ t…

Sedalia celebrated its centennial in 1960 with a number of activities. A parade featuring marching bands and floats showing aspects of Sedalia…

In the years before the Civil War, maintaining a relatively equal number of slave states and free states was considered important, as votes in…

The issue of slavery and its continuance as a policy in the United States was a major issue during the lifetime of Gen. George R. Smith, who r…

During the 19th century, many military officers retained their military titles after the hostilities ended; they continued to be recognized fo…

The Encyclopedia of the State of Missouri, edited by Howard Conrad and published in 1901 by the Southern History Company, features an article …

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