On February 15-16, 2019, the University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, with sponsorship from the Missouri Humanities Council – both partners in the Bicentennial Alliance – convened the first-ever international conference reassessing the national crisis (1818-1821) that erupted when Missouri applied for statehood. The best papers presented at the conference are being developed into a book, to be published by the University of Missouri Press in conjunction with the bicentennial commemorations in 2021. Entitled A Fire-Bell in the Past: Reassessing the Missouri Crisis at 200, this lively volume of new scholarship is edited by Profs. Jeffrey L. Pasley (MU/Kinder Institute) and John Craig Hammond (Pennsylvania State University).
Join us on September 25, 2021, for Celebrate Wildwood — the City of Wildwood’s annual celebration, held in commemoration of its anniversary of incorporation. Last year, 2020 marked the City’s 25th anniversary. Since 2020’s festival was cancelled due to COVID, this year’s festival theme will be “25+1!” It is the hope that this will be a large-scale public event with a parade, kids’ activities, local authors, live music, food and drinks, local organizations booths and demonstrations, Civil War reenactors, a Scouting area, and an art festival. The event is all about the community!
Voices of Arrow Rock, Spirit of the Missouri Frontier is a theatrical production bringing to life voices of early Arrow Rock citizens whose experiences help us understand what people’s lives were like during the early to mid-19th century on the Missouri frontier. These voices transcend time and geography and help give a platform for underrepresented voices of the past. The citizens include George Fenwick and Lewis, an enslaved man, Burton and Nancy Lawless, Sophia Murrell and Mary, an enslaved woman, and Adeline and Frank Switzler, former enslaved persons, freed by emancipation.
In addition to the performances, a book with the script and insights from the producer and playwrights will be published. Friends of Arrow Rock as the sponsoring organization is partnering with the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre to develop and present the project. The Arrow Rock Premiere is August 7, 2021 at 10 am in the Christian Church on Main Street. Details about additional performance dates and locations will follow.
Some suggest that Alexander Doniphan was one of the most influential people in Missouri history, yet he is little known. As an attorney he defended a religious minority when the state expelled and authorized their extermination. Doniphan developed the Kearney Code that established the rule of law in what would become New Mexico. He was an accomplished military leader and is recognized in Fort Leavenworth’s Hall of Fame. Doniphan was chiefly responsible for the founding of William Jewell College in Liberty, and for establishing public schools in Clay County. Members of the Alexander Doniphan Committee decided to sponsor a community writing project to help tell Doniphan’s story. Such a project would also be a great way for more people to learn about Doniphan and would be a meaningful way to celebrate the Missouri Bicentennial. Anthology editors Steve Potter and Jeremiah Morgan will be online to discuss the historical significance of Doniphan and the importance of community writing projects like this anthology. This State of Stories program was produced in partnership with The University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program to commemorate and celebrate the Missouri Bicentennial.