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.

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.

Missouri 2021 is excited to announce that the Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (MSSDAR) as the newest member of the Bicentennial Alliance. MSSDAR will offer a new and diverse audience who are passionate about sharing Missouri’s history and eager to make a difference for the future of the state. MSSDAR will play an important role in assisting the State Historical Society of Missouri and other Alliance members with Missouri Bicentennial celebrations.

“MSSDAR is thrilled to partner with Missouri 2021,” said Joan Magee, State Regent of MSSDAR. “ Since its founding in 1894, MSSDAR has had a long commitment in service to our great state. Arrow Rock State Historical Site (the Old Tavern) resulted from the DAR’s efforts to preserve the old tavern. Today, Missouri DAR owns and maintains Cold Water Cemetery, the oldest Protestant cemetery west of the Mississippi, located in Florissant, MO. Patriots who fought in our wars have been buried in Cold Water Cemetery—among them are heroes from not only the American Revolutionary War but every American War, including the War of 1812, WWI and WWII.”

MSSDAR participation in the Bicentennial will include identifying and documenting quality activities throughout the state such as events at the Madonna of the Trail, Cold Water Cemetery, Arrow Rock, and Rosyln Heights.

“Missouri Daughters have been marking historical trails and sites since the early 1900s as a way of preserving our rich Missouri history,” said Caroline Greene, MSSDAR State Historian. “The Madonna of the Trail monument, located in Lexington, MO, is one of twelve identical statues dedicated to pioneer women in the United States, marking the historic National Old Trails Road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Upland, California.”

Additionally, the organization provides annual education scholarships, recognizes outstanding Missouri teachers and local high school ROTC chapters, supports local veterans’ homes, as well as cleans and marks historic trails.

 “DAR’s commitment to preserving and celebrating history makes them an exceptional partner for this commemoration,” said Bicentennial Coordinator, Michael Sweeney.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years. To learn more about the work of MSSDAR, visit www.MSSDAR.org or connect with DAR on social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – @TodaysDAR.

The Bicentennial Alliance is a coalition of statewide non-profit organizations and government agencies working together to develop and promote statewide projects commemorating the Missouri Bicentennial. Learn more about the Bicentennial Alliance and the bicentennial at https://missouri2021.org/bicentennial-alliance

 

 

Missouri 2021 is excited to announce Missouri State University as the newest member of the Bicentennial Alliance. MSU brings new supporters for Missouri’s Bicentennial, including higher education faculty, staff, and students from across Missouri and the United States. 

“Missouri State University is honored to partner with the Bicentennial Alliance to celebrate our past, present and future,” said Lori Fan, Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Founded in 1905 as the Fourth District Normal School, Missouri State University (MSU) has played a significant role in the state’s progress, innovation, and creativity. To commemorate the Missouri Bicentennial, MSU will host a series of publicly available webinars beginning January 2021 to explore and contemplate what’s next for our state. Missouri and MSU: A shared past. A vision for the future. will examine topics important to the growth of Missouri – including agriculture, diversity and inclusion, education trends, health care, Missouri caves, and technology – and explore how MSU and its partners will have an effect on the state today, tomorrow and for decades to come.

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence, and community engagement.

The Bicentennial Alliance is a coalition of statewide non-profit organizations and government agencies working together to develop and promote statewide projects commemorating the Missouri Bicentennial.

COLUMBIA, MO, June 12, 2020 — To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first Missouri Constitutional Convention, the Supreme Court of Missouri’s bicentennial committee, in partnership with Missouri 2021, created two quizzes highlighting the importance of the Missouri Constitution to the lives of Missourians.

On June 12, 1820, delegates from across the territory of Missouri gathered in St. Louis to develop Missouri’s first constitution. After nearly six weeks, on July 19, 1820, the delegates adopted a constitution, taking another critical step toward Missouri statehood.

Two quizzes are available: one quiz is designed for students and the other quiz, with increased difficulty, is for adults. Missourians of all ages are encouraged to test their knowledge of the Missouri Constitution from June 12 through July 19, mirroring the period of the first Missouri Constitutional Convention. The quizzes can be taken multiple times and no personal information will be collected. The quizzes are available on the Missouri 2021 website – missouri2021.org/missouri-constitution-quiz.

Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary R. Russell assisted in developing questions for the quiz, which range from the structure of government created by the first constitution to amendments passed by voters in recent times.

“As we prepare to celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial next year, we are reminded that a constitution had to be written before we could become a state,” said Judge Russell. “It was 200 years ago next month that the first Missouri Constitution was adopted. Over the years, this document and its successors have reflected the will of Missourians about how to check and balance the powers of their three equal branches of government while guaranteeing the fundamental rights of the people. In contrast with our federal constitution, the people have made multiple amendments to Missouri’s constitution over time, ensuring the supreme law in our state remains relevant in our daily lives.”

A native of Hannibal, Judge Russell served nearly a decade on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, before her September 2004 appointment to the Supreme Court of Missouri where she is one of seven judges. She served as the state’s chief justice from July 2013 through June 2015. Judge Russell is also a member of the Missouri Bicentennial Commission, which has been tasked with assisting the State Historical Society of Missouri to plan for and implement the commemoration of the Missouri bicentennial.

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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