Join us on July 4, 2021, in Flat Branch Park, throughout The District, and the North Village Arts District in Columbia for a day of celebration for Columbia’s Bicentennial!
-Activities for kids, teens and adults
-Musical performances in Flat Branch Park and at Rose Music Hall
-USPS cancelation station
-Guided and self-guided history tours
-The Missouri on Mic project doing audio history recordings
-Storefront decorations in The District
-More activities to be announced!
From its earliest days, sewing and quilting have been popular 4-H projects. While the technology used may have changed, the love and care of passing knowledge and traditions to our youth has not. The Missouri 4-H Bicentennial Quilt was created from blocks sent in by 4-Hers from across the state. Each of the 8 Missouri 4-H regions were asked to submit blocks that represented the area they live in and 4-H to celebrate Missouri and its history. Missouri 4-H is grateful to the 4-H youth and their leaders for creating the quilt squares; to past 4-H director Dr. Ina Linville for her expertise in piecing the quilt together; to Appletree Quilt Center for doing the quilting; and to JOANN Fabrics for donating the fabric for the quilt. The Missouri 4-H Bicentennial Quilt will travel the state for all to see and then displayed in the 4-H Building at Missouri State Fair before returning to the Center for Youth Development on the MU Campus for anyone to visit.
The Unbound Book Festival aims to bring nationally and internationally recognized authors of world-class renown to Columbia, Missouri, to talk about their books, their work, and their lives. Our mission is to bring together readers and writers to create diverse communities, and to expose participants to new ideas and authors in order to inspire a life-long love of books and reading. This year, the Festival will have a Bicentennial theme to coincide with our state’s 200th birthday! The full schedule for the Festival is available here.
Calling on all creative 9th through 12 grade students of Missouri! The University of Missouri – Columbia Information Technology, Digital Storytelling and Film Studies programs invite all high school students to take part in technical and creative competitions that celebrate Missouri’s Past, Present and Future. The competition runs now through May. Submission deadline is May 31, 2021. Contest Eligibility: any students in grades 9-12 who live in Missouri.
Can you draw or tell stories with photography? Then, consider signing up for the image and text storytelling competition about Missouri’s past. Are you interested in motion media or storytelling with audio? If so, you can create a video, animation or podcast about present day Missouri. Do you have ideas about how automation will affect the Missouri way of life? Explore your ideas by creating a use case for the future section of the competition.
Learn more about the competition here. There is a $100 first place prize for each of the three sections, so sign up now!
Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC), partnering with Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), will host a Jewell Cemetery Workshop and Volunteer Work Day on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (Workshop 10 am, Work Day at 1 pm). Jewell Cemetery is the final resting place for Charles Henry Hardin, the 22nd Governor of Missouri and William Jewell, known for establishing the first church in Columbia, MO and William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. The graves in Jewell Cemetery date back to 1823. The day will start with a workshop at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, 5901 S. Hwy 163, Columbia, teaching about cemeteries and proper cleaning techniques followed by lunch (provided) and hands-on cleaning efforts at the cemetery. Wear work clothes and bring gloves. We will adjourn to the volunteer work day portion at 1 pm at Jewell Cemetery, 2803 South Providence, in Columbia, MO. Questions can be directed to email@example.com. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up—space is limited. Further details after sign-up.
To commemorate the Missouri Bicentennial, Maplewood Barn Community Theatre will produce three plays in 2021 with a Missouri theme, featuring the work of a Missouri playwright, a Missouri subject matter, or a Missouri setting. The three shows selected showcase the wonderful talent of Missouri playwrights, the exciting history and stories of Missouri’s culture and heritage, and the majestic landscapes of this beautiful state. Shows and performance dates are as follows:
“Fifth of July” by Lanford Wilson: June 3-6, & June 10-13
“Henry V” by William Shakespeare: July 8-11 & July 15-18
“Plan 9!:The Musical from Outer Space” Book by Chris Bowling & Meg Phillips Crespy with Music & Lyrics by J. West: August 19-22, August 26-29, & September 2-5
For twenty-five years, the Hallsville Historical Society has preserved and shared Hallsville community history. The Society dedicated a new building and museum on Sunday, April 28, at 2:00 pm. The program honored the building and those who helped bring the project to reality. Guests could browse the collections showcasing the community’s history. Refreshments were served.