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Show Me a Bicentennial!

Aug 3 – Dec 23, 2021
Where

Center for Missouri Studies
Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery, Second Floor
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Where

Center for Missouri Studies
Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery, Second Floor
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Missouri’s bicentennial of statehood in 2021 provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to consider the state’s fragmented character and identify the ideas, practices, and history that Missourians nevertheless have in common.

The exhibit explores the origins of bicentennial planning, from the issuing of the House Concurrent Resolution 7, directing the State Historical Society of Missouri to “develop plans, ideas, and proposals to commemorate and celebrate” Missouri’s 200th anniversary of statehood to early outreach efforts, the formation of the Bicentennial Commission and the Bicentennial Alliance partners who supported state and local efforts with more than 200 events and projects. The exhibit shows how Missourians came together to commemorate Missouri’s diverse past and present, and, importantly, where we want to be in the future.