Tuesday, 17 November 2020 / Published in News

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, Sept. 29, 2020 – Missouri students in grades 3-12 have until Oct. 31. 2020 to submit their poster design to commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial in 2021. Judges representing the Missouri Bicentennial Commission will select four posters to commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial of statehood. Selected posters will best interpret the theme: Sharing Missouri’s stories: past, present and future.

Each student entry must be sponsored by an eligible institution, which includes public and private schools, home-school networks, nonprofit arts agencies, cultural heritage institutions and public libraries. The commission welcomes sponsoring organizations to help facilitate the contest while some students are learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Complete guidelines and the online submission form can be found at missouri2021.org/bicentennial-poster.

Judges will select four final designs including two from grades 3-6 and two from grades 7-12. Each winner will receive $200 and will be recognized at the poster unveiling ceremony. The Bicentennial Commission is partnering with Hallmark Creative Marketing Studio to develop the selected posters into their final format.

Vinnorma Shaw’s 1921 poster for the Missouri Centennial Exposition at the Missouri State Fair is an iconic reminder of the Missouri Centennial commemoration. Likewise, the final designs chosen by the Missouri Bicentennial Commission will serve as a lasting reminder of the bicentennial. Students, teachers, and parents can find educational materials related to the centennial poster at the website for the Bicentennial Poster page.

Missouri 2021 is a statewide initiative of the State Historical Society of Missouri to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities and people, both past and present. Keep updated on all Missouri 2021 happenings at missouri2021.org and by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @missouri2021.

COLUMBIA, MO, Oct. 6, 2020 - Amateur and professional photographers from mid Missouri and across the state are represented in the current exhibition My Missouri 2021 now on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri. The 16, 8-foot long panels feature a selection of the images chosen for the bicentennial photo contest and capture Missouri in all four seasons: fall, winter, spring and summer. More than 1000 entries were received in the photo contest with 200 images chosen for the My Missouri 2021 project that is also available online in a digital exhibition at https://missouri2021.org/my-missouri-2021-digital-exhibition/. “All photographs on display for the My Missouri 2021 exhibition were carefully selected to represent the unique aspects of Missouri’s physical and cultural landscape. The selected photographs are a wonderful representation of the unique geographical and cultural diversity of the state,” said Michael Sweeney, bicentennial coordinator for the State Historical Society of Missouri. The photo display is traveling around the state for the public to safely view during the pandemic. Mid-Missouri residents can stop by to see the free exhibit during regular visiting hours in the main lobby of the State Historical Society of Missouri, 605 Elm St., Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Facial masks are required while visiting the State Historical Society during the pandemic. Free parking is available on-site. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31 in Columbia before it travels to Kirksville where it will be on display at the Sue Ross Art Center from Nov. 4 – 23. Shelter Insurance is the platinum sponsor of the traveling exhibition designed by PRO Expo Exhibits of St. Louis, the gold sponsor for the show. The exhibit is also supported by contributors to the State Historical Society of Missouri. The State Historical Society of Missouri is the premier research center for the study of Missouri state and local history. Under the Missouri 2021 banner, SHSMO is coordinating a bicentennial commemoration in collaboration with local and statewide entities. The mission of Missouri 2021 is to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities and people, both past and present. Learn more about Missouri’s bicentennial activities at missour2021.org

My Missouri 2021 Photo Exhibition at State Historical Society of Missouri through Oct. 31
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 / Published in News
Thursday, 17 September 2020 / Published in News

COLUMBIA, MO, Sept. 16, 2020 – The Public Television Association of Missouri (PTAM) has joined the Missouri Bicentennial Alliance with plans to produce programming to commemorate the 200 years of statehood. The four PBS stations in Missouri provide high-quality, informative and engaging programs for citizens of all ages, and for this project, the stations will add local voices from their respective communities to tell the wider story of Missouri in the next year.

PTAM is composed of Ozarks Public TV, based in Springfield, Kansas City PBS, Nine Network of St. Louis and KMOS-TV, located in Warrensburg. Each station serves Missouri citizens with non-commercial programming, community engagement, educational and other services in accordance with the needs of their respective communities.

PTAM is working collaboratively on a historical documentary about Missouri, and each station will also produce local elements for the others to broadcast and share online. The Bicentennial Alliance welcomes PTAM’s efforts to produce special programs related to our state’s unique history and culture that will entertain, educate, and inform Missourians during the 2021 year.

Wednesday, 09 September 2020 / Published in News

COLUMBIA, MO, Sept. 9, 2020 – The State Historical Society of Missouri and the Saint Louis Ambassadors are teaming up to develop a bicentennial time capsule with a goal to collect items that document Missouri’s past, present and future. The two organizations are asking for public participation in this project.

“Missouri’s bicentennial is an important time for Missourians to look back on our past and use this moment to come together for a better future,” said Richard T. Pisani, President of the Saint Louis Ambassadors, an all-volunteer organization that began when the Gateway Arch neared completion. The organization’s co-founder and chairman, Cicardi A. Bruce, added, “The time capsule will preserve the memories and moments 200 years later when the westward expansion of our nation ushered in the 24th state of Missouri into the union.”

Organizations, institutions, businesses, as well as local and state government agencies in Missouri are invited to participate by contributing three items: one to represent their past, one to represent their present, and a note to future Missourians. Items should measure no larger than 8.5 x 14 inches – i.e., no larger than legal size paper – and combined be no more than a quarter-inch thick. All submissions need to be in printed form and not electronic.

An online registration form is required for all submissions and items should be mailed to the following address:

The State Historical Society of Missouri
Attn: Time Capsule
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

All participants will be notified of their successful submission and receive a certificate for participating in the time capsule. Contributions will be accepted through Aug. 10, 2021, and an event to commemorate the time capsule will be held August 27, 2021 in St. Louis. Once sealed, the time capsule will be housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri until Aug. 10, 2046, when it will be reopened and shared with the public 25 years later.

The State Historical Society of Missouri is the premier research center for the study of Missouri state and local history. Under the Missouri 2021 banner, SHSMO is coordinating a bicentennial commemoration in collaboration with local and statewide entities. The mission of Missouri 2021 is to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities and people, both past and present.

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