Four Years to Statehood

Missouri Council for History Education and Missouri Humanities Council, partners in the Bicentennial Alliance, have created lesson plans to aid teachers in educating students about the state’s struggle for admission into the Union called Four Years to Statehood. The lessons introduce students to four young people who lived in Missouri during the years 1818 to 1821: a boy in French Ste. Genevieve, an Osage girl near Arrow Rock, an enslaved boy in Pike County and his descendants, and the daughter of Missouri’s first Attorney General. Each unit has a short narrative and a variety of activities where students can learn about the history of Missouri and the town and county in which they live. The units are designed for third through fifth grade, but can easily be used in middle and high school.

The lesson plans are available on the Missouri Council for History Education website for free teacher download, and workshops will be presented around the state to discuss their use. To learn more, contact Gary McKiddy, past president of Missouri Council for History Education, at or Claire Bruntrager, Missouri Humanities Council development manager, at or 314.781.9660.