Are you crazy about your old house or is your old house making you crazy? Either way, you won’t want to miss a day of free historic preservation seminars on Saturday, May 1, in the National Historic Landmark Village of Arrow Rock, Missouri! Friends of Arrow Rock welcomes nationally renowned historic preservation expert and TV personality Bob Yapp, who will present three entertaining and enlightening sessions. Participants are invited to tour recent Friends of Arrow Rock preservation projects following the seminars. Your ticket to this info-packed event is free, thanks to a generous sponsorship of Hercon Construction.


  • 9:30-10 AM: Check-In at Arrow Rock State Historic Site Shelter House (39700 Overlook Drive)
  • 10-11:30 AM: PRESERVATION DOESN’T COST … IT PAYS!  Bob walks the attendees through the myths and realities of historic preservation. He addresses both the economic and cultural aspects of preservation with real science & data.
  • 11:30 AM-1 PM: Free Time for Lunch. A complimentary box lunch, prepared by J. Huston Tavern Chef Janet Carmack, and refreshments throughout the day are provided through a sponsorship gift from Well-Preserved Consulting.
  • 1-2:30 PM: ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR OLD HOUSES & BUILDINGS  Just because it’s shiny and new does not mean it will work in your old house or building. This seminar dispels the myths and addresses how old houses were designed. Bob talks about what retrofits for energy efficiency actually work, as well as paybacks. Insulation, air flow, weather stripping, windows, geothermal, solar and wind are all topics of discussion.
  • 2:30-3 PM: Break
  • 3-4:30 PM: PAINT IT RIGHT!  How to get a 15- to 20-year, cost-effective paint job for your historic house. You can hire it done, never lift a finger and do it twice in 30 to 40 years for about the same price of a competent vinyl siding job that will last 15 to 18 years.
  • 5-6 PM: TOUR OF ARROW ROCK PRESERVATION PROJECTS  Friends of Arrow Rock’s Historic Preservation Consultant Marty Selby leads you on a walking tour of three of the town’s most historic buildings to show you the results of recent preservation work.



This is a free event but space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Reserve your spot for these fun and informative seminars by calling the Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231 or by registering online by clicking the button above.


This event is taking place in a park shelter building that is completely open on two sides, but protected by a roof in case of inclement weather. Mask-wearing will be encouraged but not required for this outdoor event. We will encourage socially distanced seating. Seating is available at picnic tables, but you may also feel free to bring your own seating.


Bob Yapp has been involved in the restoration or rehabilitation of over 160 historic properties.

In 1996, Bob produced and hosted the national PBS series, About Your House with Bob Yapp. The 52-show series was co-underwritten by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bob is one of the founding members of the national Window Preservation Standards Collaborative. He co-wrote and co-edited the new national Window Preservation Standards. Bob is President of Preservation Resources Inc. based in Hannibal, Missouri where he founded a school for teaching hands-on preservation skills called the Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation. 


Your free admission to this event was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Hercon Construction.

Respect. Integrity. Pride in a job well done. These are the core values upon which Jeff Herigon founded Hercon Construction in 2002.

A native of mid-Missouri, Jeff has a degree in construction management from Central Missouri State University. He headed multi-million dollar projects in Kansas City, Atlanta and Salina, Kansas, before returning to Columbia, where he managed major renovation and expansion projects for the University Medical Center and Mizzou athletics. Today, Jeff combines experience and knowledge with a commitment to quality and honest communication to do the best job possible for every Hercon client. Some of the projects you will be able to view during the post-seminar tour are Hercon projects.


Your refreshments and complimentary box lunch are provided thanks to a donation from Well-Preserved Consulting.

As a professional historic preservationist and the owner of a circa 1860 home, Marty Selby knows how satisfying it is to preserve and maintain an old building. He also knows that antique structures present a unique set of challenges for an owner. When purchasing or restoring a historic building, you need an expert who knows the ins and outs of 19th and early 20th century construction techniques, and who can guide you toward a sensitive restoration that makes sense for modern living. Marty is experienced in conducting thorough conditions assessments on historic buildings that range from small cabins, to multi-story homes and commercial buildings.