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).
Missouri Community Betterment’s Town Square Fair provides Missouri community members a platform to showcase what makes their communities unique now, their history and how it has framed their community, and their current efforts to move their community forward. Attendees had the opportunity to network, share, and learn from each other through visuals (e.g. photos, videos, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) and dynamic conversations. The Fair also included resource partners from organizations with a vested or related interest in community pride and improvement. The 3-hour event was held Sunday, October 13, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Heritage Fields in Mexico, Missouri. The event kicked off the Missouri Community Betterment 56th Annual Fall Conference.