As you explore the Show-Me State this fall take your camera! Missouri 2021 is looking for photos of the state’s tremendous geographic and cultural diversity for the My Missouri 2021 Photograph Project.

Professional and amateur photographers are invited to capture and share the unique and meaningful aspects of place in Missouri. From these submissions, two hundred photographs will be selected to be part of a traveling exhibition in 2021 and a digital showcase on this website. The images will also be added to the permanent Missouri Bicentennial collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Together these pictures will create a snapshot of the state’s physical and cultural landscape during its bicentennial that will be available to researchers, teachers and students, and the public for generations to come.

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Nearly a century ago, the Missouri State Fair Board published a “handbook of suggestions” for celebrating the Missouri Centennial. Dr. E. M. Violette provided a number of suggestions for local communities:

  • unveil historical tablets marking events of “local importance”
  • produce a dramatic presentation of Missouri history
  • create an exhibit of “historical relics”
  • arrange speeches on Missouri history
  • enliven the occasion with bands and musical performances

A century later – in our fast paced digital age – what suggestions would you give to commemorate the Missouri Bicentennial in your local community? Please share feedback on Missouri 2021’s Facebook page. You can also read the entire handbook of suggestions online.

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Missouri 2021 is excited to announce two new members of the Bicentennial Alliance: Missouri Arts Council and Missouri Folk Arts Program. Both bring unique and exciting perspectives to the bicentennial commemoration.

“The Missouri Arts Council has been part of Missouri’s history for over 50 years,” said Michael Donovan, executive director of the 


Missouri Arts Council. “There is no better way to illustrate and celebrate the state’s bicentennial heritage than with the arts. In 2021, Missouri’s Bicentennial will come alive in our visual, literary, and performing arts.”  

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.

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Happy birthday, Missouri!

Today, August 10, 2018, marks Missouri’s 197th anniversary of statehood and places us one year closer to the Missouri Bicentennial in 2021.

Under the Missouri 2021 banner, the State Historical Society of Missouri is coordinating a statewide ccommemoration that incorporates both rural and urban communities in projects, programs, and events.

This year has been a busy year for Missouri 2021. As of today, Missouri 2021 has met with people and grou

ps in 80 counties and the City of St. Louis to talk about planned and proposed Bicentennial-related activities.

Two new partners have joined the Bicentennial Alliance: the Missouri Folk Arts Program and the Missouri Arts Council.

Missouri 2021 has also launched two new programs exploring Missouri’s history and culture at the occasion of its bicentennial in 2021—the My Missouri 2021 Photograph Project and the Missouri 2021 Endorsement Program.

And today, on the state’s 197th anniversary of statehood, Missouri 2021 is unveiling a completely redesigned and updated website.

The new site includes information about all of the ways you can get involved with planning and commemorating Missouri’s 200th year as a state.

Missouri 2021 continues to be active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you are not already following us, we invite you to start now. We are using these platforms to share information about Missouri Bicentennial planning and activities. Missouri 2021 also welcomes queries or comments at

Thank you for your interest in the Missouri Bicentennial!

“We want to ensure that Missourians—both at home and abroad—will walk away from the bicentennial experience with a greater appreciation of the state’s history and its diverse communities and cultures. Missourians are a dynamic, innovative, and persistent group of people. The bicentennial is an excellent reason for all Missourians to evaluate who we are and consider who we will be.” – Michael Sweeney, Bicentennial Coordinator

Michael Sweeney at Arrow Rock meeting.

SHSMO’s bicentennial coordinator Michael Sweeney presents at the Friends of Arrow Rock Annual Meeting.

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri at two upcoming bicentennial programs! On June 6 SHSMO’s bicentennial coordinator Michael Sweeney will share what plans are in place for Missouri’s 200th birthday on August 10, 2021, and how you can join in the commemoration. This program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Missouri State Museum’s History Hall, located in the east wing of the Missouri State Capitol, 201 West Capitol Avenue. To access the Capitol after 5:30 p.m., enter through the garage on the east side of the building.

You can also learn more about Missouri’s Bicentennial at 2 p.m. on June 12 in Washington, Missouri. “Your Missouri Story: Finding Your History and Helping Write It through the Bicentennial” will be hosted by the Washington Historical Society at 113 East 4th Street. The session will cover Missouri 2021’s new projects and programs, and attendees will learn tips to help them discover their history within the State Historical Society of Missouri’s vast collection. Since 1898 SHSMO has been entrusted to collect, preserve, and share the state’s history, giving a voice to the people who helped build this country.