Together for '21 Fest – A Missouri Bicentennial Birthday Bash

Join us August 6-8 for Together for '21 Fest, A Missouri Bicentennial Birthday Bash! Brought to you by the Missouri Bicentennial Commission and Missouri 2021, Together for '21 Fest is FREE, open to the public, and commemorates the Missouri Bicentennial with music, exhibitions, talks, film screenings, folk art demonstrations, performances, and more.

Together for '21 Fest features live music like Little Dylan Blues Band from St. Louis, traditional Ozark music by The Kay Brothers, and the Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra. Music in the American Wild, featuring the orchestral works of award-winning composers and their reflections on Missouri, also performs live. Together for '21 Fest includes fiddling jam sessions, a square dance demonstration, and Voices of Arrow, a theatrical production bringing to life the stories of early Arrow Rock citizens from the Missouri frontier.

A new virtual reality experience created by Mizzou engineering students and faculty takes visitors on a tour of the 98 paintings in the Missouri: Heart of the Nation collection held at the MU Art and Archeology Museum. Visitors are transported to the gallery using special VR goggles that offer a glimpse of Missouri when the original paintings were commissioned by Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney department store in St. Louis in 1946.

With folk art demonstrations, children’s programming, book talks and lectures, documentary film screenings, bicentennial traveling exhibits, a time capsule, and more, there is something for everyone!

Traveller and Visitor Information

Together for '21 Fest takes place at the Center for Missouri Studies (605 Elm Street, Columbia, MO 65201) and on the University of Missouri campus. Visitors to Columbia can find restaurant and hotel information on the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau website and in the CCVB Guide.

Together for '21 Fest is organized by the State Historical Society of Missouri and the University of Missouri and sponsored by Union Pacific, Shelter Insurance, Missouri Realtors, and BNSF Railway.

Visitors to Together for '21 Fest, which is held on the University of Missouri campus, are encouraged to review MU’s Show Me Renewal plan for the latest COVID-19 guidelines. During Together for ’21 Fest, all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks in indoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. Learn more at renewal.missouri.edu

Events are first-come, first-served, and many will have limited seating available. Some events will also be livestreamed. Check missouri2021.org for livestreaming details or follow Missouri 2021 on Facebook for more.

Events

Friday, August 6

August 6, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
The Richard Bookstore at the Center for Missouri Studies features Missouri-sourced and themed gifts for all ages. Join us during Together for '21 Fest for a special Bicentennial Open House, showcasing bicentennial-themed merch and a wide selection of books on Missouri history.
August 6, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Stop by the Hulston Lobby at the Center for Missouri Studies and leave a note to future Missourians in the Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule. Once sealed, the time capsule will be housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri until August 10, 2046, when it will be re-opened and shared with the public.
August 6, 9:00 am – 9:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

University of Missouri College of Engineering faculty and the associate curator of European and American art from the Museum of Art and Archaeology will discuss the process of developing the virtual reality exhibition Missouri: Heart of the Nation.

August 6, 9:00 am – 9:50 am | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall Rotunda
Located in the House of Representatives Lounge at the Missouri State Capitol, A Social History of Missouri by Thomas Hart Benton is an iconic set of murals depicting the history and culture of Missouri. Join us at Jesse Hall on Friday, August 6, for a formal tour of the 70% scale reproduction mural by The Art of the Missouri Capitol author Bob Priddy. Tours begin at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 1:00 pm (Friday only).
August 6, 10:00 am – 10:50 am | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall Rotunda
Located in the House of Representatives Lounge at the Missouri State Capitol, A Social History of Missouri by Thomas Hart Benton is an iconic set of murals depicting the history and culture of Missouri. Join us at Jesse Hall on Friday, August 6, for a formal tour of the 70% scale reproduction mural by The Art of the Missouri Capitol author Bob Priddy. Tours begin at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 1:00 pm (Friday only).
August 6, 10:00 am – 10:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join SHSMO trustee and Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary R. Russell for a presentation on the history of Missouri’s judiciary and milestone events and cases shaping it.
August 6, 11:00 am – 11:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

In this talk, William S. Belko, PhD, the executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council, relives the fiery debate that surrounded Missouri’s admission to the Union as discussed in his recent book, Contesting the Constitution: Congress Debates the Missouri Crisis, 1819-1821.

August 6, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall Rotunda
Located in the House of Representatives Lounge at the Missouri State Capitol, A Social History of Missouri by Thomas Hart Benton is an iconic set of murals depicting the history and culture of Missouri. Join us at Jesse Hall on Friday, August 6, for a formal tour of the 70% scale reproduction mural by The Art of the Missouri Capitol author Bob Priddy. Tours begin at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 1:00 pm (Friday only).
August 6, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join Missouri 13th Judicial Circuit Judge Tracy Gonzalez for a presentation on the history of Missouri’s judiciary and milestone events and cases shaping it.
August 6, 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

Join filmmaker and literary critic Professor Juanamaría Cordones-Cook as she presents her documentary Nancy Morejón: Famous Landscapes, filmed in Havana in 2013. Following the documentary, Cordones-Cook will share her views in conversation with sociologist María Rodríguez-Alcalá about the diverse racial and cultural identities of the Latinx communities in Missouri.

August 6, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
University of Missouri professor of history and associate director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, Jeffrey L. Pasley, PhD, and Penn State University associate professor of history, John Craig Hammond, PhD, present on their recent publication, A Fire Bell in the Past: The Missouri Crisis at 200 (Vol. 1) Western Slavery, National Impasse.
August 6, 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Peace Park
Fiddling is deeply rooted in Missouri history having first been brought to the state by its early French settlers. During Together for '21 Fest, stop by and enjoy a lively jam session of fiddling masters playing in Peace Park on August 6. Fiddler John P. Williams will lead the session and showcase traditional fiddling tunes and techniques, while fiddlers Kenny Applebee, Dave Cavins, and Amber Gaddy will provide backup.
August 6, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall Auditorium

Music has always been an important part of Missouri culture from early folk musicians to the explosion of jazz, blues, and Ozark bluegrass. An Evening of Missouri Music will feature three different types of Missouri musical traditions and reflect how artists have put their own “spin” on the traditional music of the state.

Saturday, August 7

August 7, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Stop by the Hulston Lobby at the Center for Missouri Studies and leave a note to future Missourians in the Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule. Once sealed, the time capsule will be housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri until August 10, 2046, when it will be re-opened and shared with the public.
August 7, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join Joan Stack, curator of art collections at SHSMO, to explore Cultural Crossroads at Together for '21 Fest! Stack will be on hand in the Center for Missouri Studies Art Gallery to help visitors examine the artwork, objects, and imagery associated with a wide range of people who were part of what became the state of Missouri in 1821.
August 7, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
The Richard Bookstore at the Center for Missouri Studies features Missouri-sourced and themed gifts for all ages. Join us during Together for '21 Fest for a special Bicentennial Open House, showcasing bicentennial-themed merch and a wide selection of books on Missouri history.
August 7, 9:00 am – 9:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join us to hear from juried Best of Missouri Hands artists Aaron Horrell and Barb Bailey about the process to develop the Missouri Bicentennial Mural and the status of the final painting.
August 7, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Softball Stadium
In collaboration with Special Olympics Missouri, the University of Missouri and Missouri 2021 will host a softball demonstration game in honor of the Missouri Bicentennial. “The Friends” from Kansas City will play the “Jets Unified” from St. Louis.
August 7, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Come add your voice and your story to Missouri on Mic, an effort by University of Missouri journalism students to capture the stories and perspectives of Missourians at the occasion of the state's bicentennial. No audio skills are required, and you are welcome to bring a relative, friend, or companion to record with. Drop-ins and walk-ins are welcome!
August 7, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join us to watch as demonstrators showcase traditional blacksmith techniques using anvils and coal forges.
August 7, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

A Spoonful of History: A Culinary Tour of Missouri and our Governor's Mansion is a new cookbook released in commemoration of the Missouri Bicentennial and the 150th anniversary of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion. Join Rebecca Gordon, executive director for Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion, to explore beloved recipes from the book and the history that made them.

August 7, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Showcasing the work of master storytellers who have performed, presented workshops, and provided coaching as part of a year-long series commemorating the Missouri Bicentennial from The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library and the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program. Storytellers for this session include Leslie Harris, Nancee and Mike Micham, and Ric Vice.
August 7, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall North Entrance
Pablo Sanhueza presents an interactive, bilingual Latin music session with apprentice musicians of the Latin Jazz Institute. This program offers children the chance to join the stage with Sanhueza and experience playing with hand percussion instruments and vocals. Youth who study woodwind and brass instruments are encouraged to bring their instrument for an improvisation lesson.
August 7, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | Missouri Theatre, Columbia
Grupo Atlántico is an ensemble of folk dancers whose purpose is to share the rich tri-ethnic heritage (African, Indian and Spanish roots) of the Caribbean and coastal regions of Colombia, South America. Join us at the Missouri Theatre on Saturday, August 7, to experience the ensemble performing traditional dances from Colombia.
August 7, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

Missouri Humanities Council and KCUR are pleased to introduce new podcast Hungry For MO. Launching on August 10, be the first to hear audio excerpts as we discuss the making of Hungry For MO at Together for '21!

August 7, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | Missouri Theatre, Columbia
Becoming Missouri's official state American folk dance in 1992, the square dance is a partnered dance with lively music and cues directed by a caller. Join us for a spirited square dance exhibition at Missouri Theatre on August 7.
August 7, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall East Portico
Fiddling is deeply rooted in Missouri history having first been brought to the state by its early French settlers. During Together for '21 Fest, stop by and enjoy a lively jam session of fiddling apprentices playing on the Jesse Hall east portico on August 7. Fiddler Ellen Gomez leads the session, joined by fiddlers Pete Howard and Thomas Coriell with Nathan McAlister and Dave Landreth playing backup.
August 7, 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Showcasing the work of master storytellers who have performed, presented workshops, and provided coaching as part of a year-long series commemorating the Missouri Bicentennial from The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library and the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program. Storytellers for this session include Gary Kuntz, Linda Kuntz, and Sara Poff.
August 7, 7:00 pm | Missouri Theatre, Columbia
From Missouri State University, Ozarks Public Television, University of Central Missouri, and KMOS PBS comes Missouri! A Bicentennial Celebration, a two-hour program exploring Missouri culture, history, and statehood. Enjoy an exclusive screening of this historical documentary at Together for '21 Fest before its statewide premiere on Public Television Association (PTAM) member stations on August 12 at 8:00 pm. An audience Q&A will follow the screening.

Sunday, August 8

August 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Stop by the Hulston Lobby at the Center for Missouri Studies and leave a note to future Missourians in the Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule. Once sealed, the time capsule will be housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri until August 10, 2046, when it will be re-opened and shared with the public.
August 8, 10:00 am | Flat Branch Park, Columbia
In honor of the Missouri Bicentennial and founding of Columbia and in recognition of Indigenous peoples who called these lands home, the Missouri Bicentennial Commission will dedicate a burr oak/white oak hybrid in Flat Branch Park. Join us at the north part of Flat Branch Park, behind the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. The closest parking is the lot off Elm Street.
August 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
The Richard Bookstore at the Center for Missouri Studies features Missouri-sourced and themed gifts for all ages. Join us during Together for '21 Fest for a special Bicentennial Open House, showcasing bicentennial-themed merch and a wide selection of books on Missouri history.
August 8, 11:00 am – 11:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join us to hear Galen Gritts talk about land acknowledgment of Indigenous people and their history in this area long before Missouri statehood. Gritts will also speak about what it’s like to be a Native person in Missouri and the continued presence and importance of Indigenous people to the future of Missouri history, life, and culture.
August 8, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Peace Park
To honor Missouri’s statehood, Music in the American Wild Ensemble will perform new works inspired by Missouri history, culture, and geography.
August 8, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

Voices of Arrow Rock is a theatrical production bringing to life voices of early Arrow Rock citizens whose experiences help us understand what life was like during the early to mid-19th century on the Missouri frontier. These voices transcend time and geography and help give a platform for underrepresented voices of the past.