Historic Murphysburg Preservation’s mission is to promote historic preservation throughout the Murphysburg Residential Historic District and the City of Joplin.  We seek to preserve the integrity of the downtown residential community, educate visitors about our rich history, save limited natural resources, and instill community pride.

HMP, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Missouri, and has been determined by the I.R.S. pursuant to section 501(c)(3) to be a  charity, contributions to which are tax deductible.

                            President   David Pommert                                                Secretary   Mary Anne Phillips

                           Vice President   Mary Ann Neff                                           Directors   Bob Morton

                          Treasurer   Gaye Pate                                                                             Ann Leach

Paula Callihan

Information in this website is provided by Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. and is accurate to the best of its knowledge. HMP collects historical narrative from The Murphysburg Survey,  Post Art Library, Find a Grave, City Directories, Oral history accounts, History of Jasper County publication, Historic Joplin Blog, Joplin History & Mineral Museum and newspaper article’s.

HMP welcomes additional documentation, oral history and photographs.

Our History

In 1992, the City of Joplin designated Sergeant Avenue from Second Street to Fourth Street as the “Murphysburg Residential Historic District.” At the request of homeowners in the adjacent neighborhoods, the City of Joplin expanded the historic district in 2004.  The historic district encompassed Sergeant Avenue from First Street to Seventh Street and Moffet Avenue from First Street to Fourth Street. Rosin, an architectural firm conducted the  Murphysburg survey  in 2015. The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation voted to place  Murphysburg Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places later that year.

Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. was formed in 2005 for the purpose to implement charitable and educational activities that promote and stimulate historic awareness throughout the neighborhood. HMP, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation governed by a volunteer board  consisting of seven people. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and three directors . The organization is dedicated to the preservation of historic homes in Joplin’s only designated residential historic district. Past and present board members are personally and financially invested in historic preservation via historic home and business ownership. Their board members are involved in the City of Joplin Historic Preservation Commission, Missouri Preservation Board, Joplin History and Mineral Museum Board, Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board and Ozark Gateway Association of Realtors.  Many members have higher education ranging from theological to business and history degrees.

The Murphysburg National Register of Historic Places is roughly fifty-three-acre district that is comprised of thirteen full blocks and nine partial blocks roughly bounded by West First Street on the north, Pearl Avenue and Byers Avenue on the east, West Fourth Street and West Seventh Street on the south, and the rear (west) property line of resources fronting South Sergeant Avenue on the west