Goodness, it's been an incredible week! Missouri turned TWO HUNDRED! You visited us in person and online for Together for '21 Fest, an array of events and exhibits held at the Center for Missouri Studies and on the MU campus.
On Missouri Statehood Day, you joined us in Jefferson City to commemorate the bicentennial, see the unveiling of the official bicentennial postage stamp, and welcome new citizens. Some of you were present on the State Capitol grounds, and others tuned in virtually from all parts of the state and country!
If you missed the livestreams from Together for '21 Fest or Statehood Day, you can still find them online at missouri2021.org/statehood-day-livestreams
We want to extend our sincere thanks to Vidwest Studios, our livestream partner. They did an incredible job bringing over a dozen streams to audiences everywhere.
Together for '21 Fest was a great success, and we owe so much to our partners, presenters, performers, volunteers, and visitors. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Missouri Bicentennial Commission and our hardworking Missouri 2021 staff: Dr. Michael Sweeney, Morgan Dennehy, Dr. Danielle Griego, and Beth Pike; to our partners: Mizzou and President Mun Choi, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece and First Lady Mary Phillips, Columbia's The District, Columbia Printing and Sign, designer Allie Holycross, Karen with Columbia Interpreting Services, Missouri Humanities Council, KBIA's Missouri on Mic, Columbia Parks and Recreation, MU Department of Engineering, MU Museum of Art and Archeology, Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Folk Arts Program, Ozarks Public Television, Missouri State University, KMOS PBS, University of Central Missouri, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, Special Olympics Missouri, the Kansas City Friends, the St. Louis Jets United, Friends of the Missouri Governor's Mansion, Missouri State Museum, Missouri State Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs, The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library, the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program, Friends of Arrow Rock and Dr. Michael Kateman, Missouri Theatre, Jesse Hall event and custodial staff, MU Softball, MU Police, and MU Campus Facilities; to our presenters: Bob Priddy, Dr. William S. Belko, Dr. Fang Wang, Chip Gubera, Alisa McCusker, Dr. Jeffrey L. Pasley, Dr. John Craig Hammond, Supreme Court Justice Mary R. Russell, Missouri 13th Judicial Circuit Judge Tracy Gonzalez, Dr. Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, María Rodríguez-Alcalá, Aaron Horrell, Barb Bailey, Rebecca Gordon, Leslie Harris, Nancee and Mike Micham, Ric Vice, Gary Kuntz, Linda Kuntz, Sarah Poff, Karen Griffin, Lisa Carrico, Jenny Vergara, Rev. John Prenger, Galen Gritts, Bea Litherland Smith, Vicki Russell, Doug Crews, and blacksmiths Bob Alexander, Ken Jansen, Pat McCarty, Mike McLaughlin, and Bernard Tappel; to our performers: Andrew Sieff Band, John P. Williams, Kenny Applebee, Dave Cavins, Amber Gaddy, Ellen Gomez, Pete Howard, Thomas Coriell, Nathan McAlister, Dave Landreth, Merle Hall, Little Dylan Triplett, The Kay Brothers, The Burney Sisters, Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra, Pablo Sanhueza, Carmen Dence, Grupo Atlántico, Music in the American Wild, Chioma Anyanwu, Darryl Reuben Hall, Manon Halliburton, Charlie Spillers, and Pippa Letsky; to our volunteers and staff: Beth Pendergast, Laura Erdel, Mahree Skala, Carl Schaeperkoetter, Pat Smith, Carol Fulkerson, Bettina Havig, Barb Shettlesworth, Pat Atkinson, Kyleigh Polston, Kaylee Cook, announcer Darren Hellwege, umpires Michael Sarrazin and Tim Drennan, photographer Kim Wade, videographer Scott Schaefer, Gerald Hirsch, Dirk Burhans, Troy King, Justin Carlos, Johanna Grothoff, Maggie Mayhan, Jennifer King, Yuki Palmer, Aubrey Rowden, Dr. Joan Stack, Greig Thompson, Kevin Walsh, John Schneider, Tiffani Homer, Andrew Olden, Isabelle Graves, Katelyn Ziegler, Kevin George, Heather Richmond, Yana Shinn, Erin Kraus, Peter McCarthy, Dr. Sean Rost, A.J. Medlock, Christina George, Laura Jolley, Kathleen Seale, Dr. Bill Eddleman, and Dr. Gary R. Kremer; to everyone who participated in bicentennial projects by submitting photographs to the My Missouri 2021 project, quilt blocks to the Bicentennial Quilt, and posters to the Missouri Bicentennial Poster contest; and to all of our Together for '21 Fest visitors, both in person and virtual.
Missouri Statehood Day and the Bicentennial Commemoration were moving and momentous. We'd like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Missouri Bicentennial Commission, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson, Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe and Second Lady Claudia Kehoe, the United States Postal Service and Peter Pastre, Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin, Supreme Court Justice Paul C. Wilson, Senior U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips, Missouri Capitol Police, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri State Museum, Missouri State Capitol Commission, the Missouri Choral Directors Association and All-State Choir, the Missouri National Guard and its 135th Army Band, Rev. Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki, Dr. Brandon Boyd, Dr. Jennaya Robison, Maryfrances Wagner, Father Secrist, Bicentennial Bridge Committee, DeLong Family, Jan Syrigos, Wildheart, Casey Beauchamp, AeroTech Studios, Lighthouse Preparatory Academy Ensemble, KBIA's Missouri on Mic, designer Allie Holycross, Missouri 2021 staff, everyone who attended in person and remotely, and many more.
Thank you also to bicentennial sponsors Union Pacific, Shelter Insurance, Centene Corporation, Missouri Realtors, and BNSF Railway. Your support made our commemoration possible.
The Missouri State Fair opens today in Sedalia and you can find SHSMO and Missouri 2021 in attendance. Located in the Womans Building, our staff are at the fairgrounds handing out swag and a special Missouri Explorers challenge guide that's only available at the fair! Also stop by to see the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt and Missouri Bicentennial Poster winners, to get your own Missouri Bicentennial merch, or to add your voice to Missouri on Mic.