Our city has been in a state of flux over the past year or so, hobbling and frustrating locals and discombobulating visitors.
A previous tornado, past flooding, worries about future flooding and Capitol renovations are just a few reasons.
But one thing is returning to normal. After a five-month hiatus, tours to the Missouri Governor's Mansion have resumed.
The home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, sits atop the south side of the Missouri river bluff in the same location where the first Capitol Building stood in Jefferson City.
Public tours will be available 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday for the months of February through July, September and October, as we recently reported. The mansion will be closed in August, and those seeking tours in November and December should call for availability.
The $4 million in renovations started last June, focusing on structural/mechanical issues, including failing beams and the home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Also, columns, posts and windows were replaced in the sunporch. The Marmaduke pool table in the first-floor ballroom also was renovated.
Nearly 50,000 people visit the mansion annually. They're greeted by docents dressed in period costume on the first floor while sharing stories of the executive residence and its first families. (Including a well-known ghost story.)
Many of us in Jefferson City have toured the mansion at some point, and might not be excited that it again is open for tours. We drive by it routinely. It's something we take for granted.
But it's a big deal to our city's identity, our history and to our visitors, some of whom visit just once in their lives.
We're glad to see the "people's home" is again open for tours.