The Linn college and city officials have been jointly exploring the possibilities of an academic historic preservation program at the Kemper college for the past year and had agreed to carry on talks despite the tough economy. If the program comes to Boonville, it will be the first accredited two-year associate degree in historic preservation at a public institution in the state.


City officials, educators from Linn State Technical College, and historic preservation experts will meet on May 18 to discuss a proposal to bring a historic preservation program to the vacant Kemper Military School and College property.

"It will be one (meeting) in the process of exploring whether or not the program is appropriate for the campus, and the need for it in the state," Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher said.

The Linn college and city officials have been jointly exploring the possibilities of an academic historic preservation program at the Kemper college for the past year and had agreed to carry on talks despite the tough economy. If the program comes to Boonville, it will be the first accredited two-year associate degree in historic preservation at a public institution in the state.

"Based on economy it is a very long shot," said Linn State Technical College president Don Claycomb on Thursday. "However, we thought it's worth continuing talks."

The advisory committee, which is under formation, will have five to 10 members and will have its first meeting on May 18.

It will explore the financial commitment, job opportunities for program graduates, and admission requirements among other issues.

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