Elated, I received my August 2013 of Missouri Life Thursday afternoon. Happy because my feature story about White Cliff Manor and its owner, Brian Helms, graced 4 pages of the magazine.
I had much fun researching this historic home, unchanged by time. (That was my original title – Unchanged by Time.) And hubby and I experienced first-hand the home’s opulence and grace during an overnight stay.
Through Brian Helms, I learned the interesting past of White Cliff Manor, built in the 1870’s by the Schaaf family, the largest wheat producers in the state.
I soaked up facts like a loofah sponge on Italianate architecture, New Orleans inspired porches, the loving family that lived in the palatial mansion, and the TLC Brian afforded the home long after his purchase.
I believe you learn something new every day. And a writer friend once told me, don’t ever stop learning. That’s when you stop believing in yourself.
So please enjoy my story that graces 94-97 of Missouri Life. It was a pleasure and an honor to document a man’s quest to restore a pertinent part of history to the Mississippi River Valley.