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  • What Were You? A Bicentennial Exhibit
    All day
    February 2, 2021-January 31, 2022

    “What Were You?” this Bicentennial Exhibit asks with special exhibits throughout the Museum.  What were you driving? What were you eating? What were you wearing? What were you listening to? Where were you living? What did your community look like in 1821, 1921, and 2021? The Grand River Historical Society Museum will show through exhibits how culture, society, has changed over time from the founding of the State of Missouri in 1821 to the present.

  • UCM Sesquicentennial
    All day
    February 2, 2021-January 1, 2022

    The University of Central Missouri (UCM) was founded in 1871 as Warrensburg State Normal School No. 2. Since its founding in 1871, UCM has been the home of thousands of Missourians seeking an education and a brighter future. These graduates include not only famous Missourians such as Vernon Kennedy and Dale Carnegie, but the everyday Missourians who have always made our state better. In 2021, UCM will celebrate its 150th year by linking our heritage with our future. From February through December 2021, UCM will celebrate with special exhibitions and lectures, a commemorative brick program, and special recognition for graduates as the 150th class.

  • Missouri Trailblazers
    8:00 AM-5:00 PM
    February 2, 2021

    The Missouri State Museum’s Missouri Trailblazer exhibit highlights the often unknown Missouri people and institutions that made, did or discovered something new and made it part of our culture and history. Visit to discover Missouri’s champions of change, innovative geniuses and cultivators of creativity. Consider how you might be or become a Missouri trailblazer yourself. Missouri Trailblazers opens November 20 at 2 p.m. and will be on display through 2021 and beyond.

  • Missouri 2021 Presents: All About Art for the Missouri Bicentennial
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    February 2, 2021

    Professional and amateur artists of all ages are expressing their work in creative ways to commemorate Missouri’s 200 years of statehood. Join us for a live presentation on collaborative projects across the state, including Missouri Art Now traveling exhibition featuring works of 60 Missouri artists; an update on the Missouri Bicentennial mural that invites Missourians of any age or ability to paint on a 30-foot canvas; and learn about the Missouri Remembers project, a free, online resource documenting artists who lived in or spent part of their career within Missouri.  We’ll also share information on the finalist drawings of the Bicentennial Poster contest that are being shaped into the official poster by Hallmark Creative Marketing Studio. And, more!

    Panelists include: Amelia Nelson, head of Library and Archives, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City; Jill Sullivan, executive director of Post Art Library in Joplin; and artists Barb Bailey and Aaron Horrell of the Painted Wren Art Gallery in Cape Girardeau, who came up with the idea and have been reaching out to all Missourians who want to participate in the painting of the bicentennial mural.

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    • What Were You? A Bicentennial Exhibit
      All day
      February 2, 2021-January 31, 2022

      “What Were You?” this Bicentennial Exhibit asks with special exhibits throughout the Museum.  What were you driving? What were you eating? What were you wearing? What were you listening to? Where were you living? What did your community look like in 1821, 1921, and 2021? The Grand River Historical Society Museum will show through exhibits how culture, society, has changed over time from the founding of the State of Missouri in 1821 to the present.

    • UCM Sesquicentennial
      All day
      February 2, 2021-January 1, 2022

      The University of Central Missouri (UCM) was founded in 1871 as Warrensburg State Normal School No. 2. Since its founding in 1871, UCM has been the home of thousands of Missourians seeking an education and a brighter future. These graduates include not only famous Missourians such as Vernon Kennedy and Dale Carnegie, but the everyday Missourians who have always made our state better. In 2021, UCM will celebrate its 150th year by linking our heritage with our future. From February through December 2021, UCM will celebrate with special exhibitions and lectures, a commemorative brick program, and special recognition for graduates as the 150th class.

    • Missouri Trailblazers
      8:00 AM-5:00 PM
      February 2, 2021

      The Missouri State Museum’s Missouri Trailblazer exhibit highlights the often unknown Missouri people and institutions that made, did or discovered something new and made it part of our culture and history. Visit to discover Missouri’s champions of change, innovative geniuses and cultivators of creativity. Consider how you might be or become a Missouri trailblazer yourself. Missouri Trailblazers opens November 20 at 2 p.m. and will be on display through 2021 and beyond.

    • Missouri 2021 Presents: All About Art for the Missouri Bicentennial
      11:00 AM-12:00 PM
      February 2, 2021

      Professional and amateur artists of all ages are expressing their work in creative ways to commemorate Missouri’s 200 years of statehood. Join us for a live presentation on collaborative projects across the state, including Missouri Art Now traveling exhibition featuring works of 60 Missouri artists; an update on the Missouri Bicentennial mural that invites Missourians of any age or ability to paint on a 30-foot canvas; and learn about the Missouri Remembers project, a free, online resource documenting artists who lived in or spent part of their career within Missouri.  We’ll also share information on the finalist drawings of the Bicentennial Poster contest that are being shaped into the official poster by Hallmark Creative Marketing Studio. And, more!

      Panelists include: Amelia Nelson, head of Library and Archives, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City; Jill Sullivan, executive director of Post Art Library in Joplin; and artists Barb Bailey and Aaron Horrell of the Painted Wren Art Gallery in Cape Girardeau, who came up with the idea and have been reaching out to all Missourians who want to participate in the painting of the bicentennial mural.

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