Host your next event at historic Timmons Hall in Silver Springs Park, marked on the Springfield-Greene County African-American Heritage Trail.
Timmons Hall, formerly known as Timmons Temple, officially opened to the public in 2019 following relocation to the park in 2015 and four years of restoration work managed by Friends of Timmons Temple. The former church now serves as an event facility offering historical, cultural and educational opportunities, owned and operated by the Park Board and under the direction of Christine Peoples, Coordinator of Timmons Hall.
Timmons Temple Church of God in Christ was built in 1932 at the corner of Webster Street and Texas Avenue, overlooking Silver Springs Park. The small church served Springfield’s African-American community for more than 80 years before the congregation outgrew the building and relocated. Timmons Temple was sold and slated for demolition. Nonprofit group Save Timmons Temple (now Friends of Timmons Temple) formed in 2014 to preserve the church, noting its historic significance as well as its unique stone exterior, including sunburst patterns also found in retaining walls in Silver Springs Park. The group coordinated financial and in-kind donations, and in early 2015, Timmons Temple was carefully lifted from its foundation and relocated by about 600 feet into Silver Springs Park.
Over the next four years, Friends of Timmons Temple coordinated extensive redevelopment of the landmark, including new foundation, roof, front entrance, windows, restrooms, plumbing, electricity and HVAC, as well as interior restoration with 1932-style paint and fixtures, and exposing the original heartwood oak floors. Private fundraising efforts continue for future restoration.
Timmons Hall Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Brown Bag Lunch Series honors local, regional and national history makers through the topics of education, agency, entrepreneurship and reconciliation. Each series features a brief spotlight on a history maker, opening up a wider conversation. Registration required by two days before, and don’t forget to bring your lunch!
AGEAll agesDATEJune 19: Agency, Herman Doc Horn;
Aug. 21: Entrepreneurs, Mrs. Alberta Ellis;
Oct. 16: Reconciliation, Bryan StevensonTIME11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.LOCATIONTimmons HallFEE$5
Timmons Hall Day
Enjoy a tour of Timmons Hall and Silver Springs Park, and a presentation by Bob Kendrick, Executive Director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Concessions available onsite. Register by June 18 by calling 864-1046.
AGEAll agesDATESun., June 27TIME12:30-3:30 p.m., presentation at 2 p.m.LOCATIONTimmons HallFEE$2.50
Facility Rentals: $50/hour, two-hour minimum
School Tours: $5/student, includes a presentation on the history of the building and the park.
Events at Timmons Hall
Timmons hall hosts educational, cultural and historic events throughout the year, including the Brown Bag Lunch series, guest speakers, panel discussions and Timmons Hall Day (June 29.)
Timmons Hall would love to hear from you. We depend on our community to help keep local and regional history alive, through documenting and through events. Share your story, your talents, your photos and historic items with us today!
Park Day Reunion
The Park Day Reunion takes place at Silver Springs Park every year on the first weekend of August, bringing together friends and family from Springfield and around the country. Organized by the Springfield Reunion Club, in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the event includes a parade, picnic, sports competitions, live music, beauty pageant, socials and more.
Although picnics have been held in the park for many years, this event was named Park Day in 1952 when Gerald Brooks, a parks supervisor and a teacher at Springfield’s former Lincoln School, and Robert Wendell Duncan, also a park supervisor, started a day of games and sports events for young African-American residents at Silver Springs.
Heritage Trail Marker
Silver Springs Park is the first location marked on the Springfield-Greene County African- American Heritage Trail . The marker, detailing Silver Springs’ history is just west of Timmons Hall, along the Jordan Creek Greenway.
Contact Christine Peoples, Timmons Hall Coordinator, at 417-864-1046, or firstname.lastname@example.org.