Damage from Ellis Library fire still troubling State Historical Society

Thursday, October 13, 2011 | 8:37 a.m. CDT; updated 1:19 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 13, 2011

COLUMBIA — Cleanup continues after fires damaged parts of Ellis Library at MU in September.

The State Historical Society of Missouri, which is housed at the library, has had to cancel a popular Halloween event because of damage from the fires. The "Trick or Treat through Missouri History" had attracted hundreds of people to the library since it began in 2009.

The small fires on Sept. 10 left behind heavy smoke and water damage. Repair costs have been estimated between $600,000 and $1 million, and renovations are expected to take much of the semester.

The Columbia Tribune reported that a section of the State Historical Society has been gutted and is closed to the public. Employees are working in other offices, but researchers can still use the library.

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