A project of the Missouri Humanities Council, a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance, the Bicentennial Penny Drive took place in Missouri public elementary and intermediate schools in 2018-2019. Students learned about the struggle for Missouri statehood and founding state documents. The money raised from the Penny Drive supports the conservation these documents in honor of the approaching Bicentennial of Missouri statehood.
Leading up to the Missouri Bicentennial, Bill Eddleman, associate director of the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Cape Girardeau research center, is writing, recording, and sharing the Missouri Bicentennial Minute. Eddleman will discuss some of the important moments that led to Missouri’s admission to the United States. The project is in partnership with KRCU Public Radio in Cape Girardeau. The State Historical Society of Missouri is a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance.
The State Historical Society of Missouri’s Show-Me Prize encourages National History Day in Missouri students to investigate a key development in Missouri history or explore how a Missourian contributed to a significant national or international event. Students chosen for the prize receive $100, learn more about their state, and have a chance to see their work included in Missouri’s bicentennial observances.
The prize was created in 2014 to promote engagement with Missouri history among National History Day participants and to raise awareness of the upcoming 200th anniversary of Missouri joining the Union on August 10, 1821.
Each year, the State Historical Society of Missouri, a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance, issues up to five prizes of $100 each to students presenting individual entries on Missouri history topics in the senior division of the state competition.
Struggle for Statehood is a traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of Missouri statehood created by the Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri, partners in the Bicentennial Alliance. The exhibit chronicles the three years that the controversy over Missouri’s admission into the Union was fiercely debated and reexamines the lasting significance of the conflict on a local and national scale. The exhibit leads visitors through the story of Missouri’s admission with accessible educational content, including historical accounts and stories of people that this controversy touched. The exhibit will travel throughout the state until December 2021. To learn more contact Claire Bruntrager, development manager, at email@example.com or (314) 781-9660.
Missouri State Archives, a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance, created Our Bicentennial History: Missouri Through Primary Sources in 2019 to celebrate the state’s upcoming bicentennial in 2021. Telling the story of the Show Me State through 200 primary sources, the online collection is broken down into six categories, including land, society, progress, adversity, leisure and people. From a list of supplies purchased by Meriwether Lewis as gifts for native peoples encountered by the Corps of Discovery to the ordinance abolishing slavery in the state prior to ratification of the 13th Amendment, Our Bicentennial History has something of interest for everyone!
The project was funded in part by Missouri Humanities Council, a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance.
The online Missouri Encyclopedia is a project of the State Historical Society of Missouri, a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance. The Missouri Encyclopedia will provide users easy access to authoritative information on the history and culture of Missouri. As an online resource, the Missouri Encyclopedia will be available to users throughout Missouri and far beyond the state’s borders. It will provide a comprehensive treatment of the state, while accounting for unique and distinctive aspects of local community life across Missouri’s tremendous regional diversity in geography, environment, cultural heritage, and social customs.
Two hundred years later, you can experience Missouri’s unusually long and controversial statehood process on Twitter at @MO_Crisis200. Historians at the University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance, are “live-tweeting” Missouri’s struggle for statehood, which launched the sectional crisis over slavery that would only be finally resolved by the Civil War. The tweets draw directly from the newspaper reports, private letters, and public documents created at the time.
Missouri Community Legacies is a documentation initiative of the State Historical Society of Missouri, a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance. The goal of the program is to create a “snap shot” of Missouri traditions, creative expressions, meaningful places, organizations, and institutions during its bicentennial of statehood and develop a resource – built by the people of Missouri – of long-term use to students and teachers, researchers, and others interested in the rich history, life, and culture of the state.
Established by the Pomeroy Foundation in 2015, the Legends & Lore program helps communities celebrate local folklore and legends with roadside markers. Missouri Folk Arts Program, a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance, will serve as a grant evaluator for the Pomeroy Foundation’s expanding national Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program, helping to put Missouri folklore in the spotlight. As a Legends & Lore grant evaluator, Missouri Folk Arts Program will be responsible for reviewing applications, as well as confirming the legitimacy and accuracy of folklore and legends that applicants in Missouri intend to commemorate on a marker.
Legends & Lore marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and local, state, and federal government entities in Missouri. Grant applicants may submit during two application windows in 2020. Grant Round 2 opens on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020; application deadline is Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Claire Bruntrager, Missouri Humanities Council development manager, at email@example.com or 314.781.9660.