About Downtown Marceline

Downtown Marceline is an organization that was formed under the auspices of the Missouri Main Street Connection and the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Downtown Marceline is non-government and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization made up of concerned citizens volunteering their time to the revitalization of historic downtown Marceline. 

Vision Statement:

Downtown Marceline is a collaborative and innovative organization that is future focused on developing a vibrant 21st century community while preserving our rich historical past.

Mission Statement:

The mission of Downtown Marceline is to enhance the near term and long term quality of community life for those residing in, doing business in, and visiting Marceline. We will accomplish our mission through sustainable programs and projects that will economically and socially revitalize our downtown district. Our projects and programs will create a community environment that reflects the changing character of Main Street USA in the 21st century while maintaining the charm and vitality of our community.


Community Master Plan

This Community Master Plan was prepared by a team with a deep passion for and understanding of community revitalization. The Team had expertise in all aspects of Main Street revitalization planning and how to apply it in communities, large and small. The Team came to Marceline on six different occasions, meeting with various community stakeholders to develop this Master Plan. An Architectural and Historical Inventory was also created, as well as an Architectural Survey, giving details of almost 100 sites around Marceline.


The Downtown Marceline organization is following a Main Street revitalization plan, a comprehensive strategy that is a proven method for downtown revitalization. Currently there are over 1,200 designated Main Street communities in America. Towns that use the Main Street principles as the basis for activities will see positive results: new businesses, streetscape and infrastructure improvements, building restorations, festivals, and special events that celebrate local history and heritage, positive attitudes, and renewed confidence in downtown.

Established in 1980 as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center, Inc. works with a nationwide network of coordinating programs and local communities to encourage preservation-based community revitalization, and has equipped more than 2,000 older commercial districts with the skills, and organizing framework they need for renewal during its 35-year history. Please click image for more information on Main Street America.

At Missouri Main Street Connection, our mission is to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri. Please click image for more information on Missouri Main Street Connection.