HANNIBAL – In the 1970s, the old Baptist Church on Oswego Street in Hannibal was destined for the wrecking ball.
The building, which had served as a church, then a social hall and religious teaching facility, had been condemned.
The north wall of the building was about to collapse.
In response to this heartbreaking situation, a group of concerned citizens banded together with the idea of saving the building – but for what use?
The Hannibal Landmark Committee was formed in early 1978 and over the next few months the building was transformed from a useless piece of property into the current Community Center.
On February 27 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, Rita Hooper, a former resident of Hannibal and writer of the “In and Around Hannibal” column, will tell the story of the Landmark Committee’s work and the transformation of the old Baptist Church into the present-day Community Center.