Voices of the Past, a program of the Holt County Missouri Historical Society and Holt County Bicentennial Committee, brought Holt County pioneers and citizens to life through actor portrayals and highlight the cemeteries in which they are buried. The program, open to the public, was held Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the historic State Theater in Mound City, Missouri.
Join Jackson County Historical Society and the Mutual Musicians Foundation for Bird’s 99th Birthday Bash to celebrate Charlies ‘Bird’ Parker’s 99th Birthday! The event on August 24, 2019, at 6:00 pm at the Mutual Musicians Foundation – 1823 Highland Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri – celebrated the history of Kansas City jazz and such jazz greats as Charlie Parker, Bennie Moten, and Count Basie – all who played and jammed at the Mutual Musicians Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The evening event included live performances with original and contemporary arrangements of their classics as well as food and drinks.
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.
The Missouri Civil War Passport Program, launched by Fry’s Lyon Foundation in 2019, provides an opportunity for learning about Missouri’s role in the Civil War through visits to significant Civil War-related sites, including eight state parks and several museums. A certificate of completion, signed by Lieutenant Governor Kehoe, is awarded to those who visit all 40 sites and obtain a visit stamp from each. The bicentennial program is active now through December 31, 2022. Pocket-size passport books with maps and information about each site are $12, and a larger book is available for $14. Books may be purchased at some of the visit sites (check the website for book availability at the separate sites), or from Amazon.com for the same price, but shipping will be added.
Forest City, in Holt County, has a rich history. From the time it was platted in 1857, through its days as a major port on the Missouri River and industrial years supporting a brewery and cannery, to its evolvement into a quiet farming community, Forest City has remained a vital part of Holt County history. On Sunday, June 9, the Holt County Historical Society provided a walking tour of Forest City’s historic buildings, including St. Patrick’s Church and City Hall, as well as a trip to its still-working drug store.
In commemoration of the upcoming Missouri and Santa Fe Trail bicentennials, Big Muddy Rug Hookers / Association of Traditional Hooking Artists are hosting an exhibition of over three dozen traditional hooked rugs by Missouri artists, past and present. The rugs will be on display through August 15, 2021 at the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City. All the rugs are hand-hooked and reflect a facet of Missouri history and culture. Guest lectures and demonstrations of rug hooking will be offered throughout the exhibit.
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.
Will you survive the trail? Or die of dysentery? Test your luck at the Live Action Oregon Trail game!
Independence, Missouri, served as the launching point for many moving West. The game, a partnership between the Jackson County Historical Society and National Frontier Trails Museum, highlighted the challenges facing settlers moving out across the Oregon Trail.
Teams of 4 saw if they had what it takes to survive the Oregon Trail! There were 10 stops along the way with games, trivia, and relay races. Teams packed their wagon, “hunted” wild game, and much more! Each team had the chance to win points at each stop. The team with the most overall points won Live Action Oregon Trail! There was also a prize for the best-dressed team.
Kansas City Celebrates Missouri’s Bicentennial at the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain
The François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain is the location for a special fun-filled event to observe Missouri’s 200th Anniversary!
Everyone is invited to join KC Parks on Saturday, July 24, to celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial at the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain in the Northland. The free event will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the fountain site, 3904 Chouteau Trafficway, located between I-35 and M-210 Highway, just north of Parvin Road in Kansas City.
“The Chouteau Fountain site is a fitting location for the Bicentennial celebration,” says Dick Davis, Chouteau Fountain Founders chairperson. “French pioneer Francois Chouteau is widely acknowledged as Kansas City’s founding father having established the area’s first fur trading post on the bluffs of the Missouri River some 200 years ago.”
The festivities include Native American dancers, fiddlers and dulcimer players, fur trapping re-enactors, recognition of Missouri’s 200th Anniversary by state and local dignitaries, the unveiling of the fountain’s newest bronze sculpture, and the debut of a play, Tartuffenthrope! by Kansas City playwright Philip blue owl Hooser. Additional activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, food trucks, youth activities, and a Plein Air Quick Paint contest.
On site donations and a silent auction will help benefit the completion of the Chouteau Fountain. All attendees are also invited to sign the official Kansas City Missouri Bicentennial Registry and receive a commemorative “twig” pen.
The celebration is supported by the City of Kansas City, KC Parks, Northland Neighborhoods Inc., and Missouri’s Bicentennial Committee. For more information, visit www.kcparks.org/mo200kc.
BLUFFS STAGE SCHEDULE
9 a.m. Beyond the Circle Native American Dancers
9:30 a.m. Dennis Stroughmatt, Cajun fiddle
10:30 a.m. MO Bicentennial Program
11 a.m. Tartuffenthrope! by KC Molière 400
11:40 a.m. Beyond the Circle Native American Dancers
Noon Folk in the Flow
12:50 p.m. Plein Air Award Presentation
Interludes by Robert Roe, the Osage Wind Rider
ACTIVITIES TENT SCHEDULE
9:30 a.m. Robert Roe, the Osage Wind Rider
10 a.m. Starry, Starry Night puppet show
10:30 a.m. Workshop #1: Missouri Mule Mouth Puppets
11:30 a.m. Workshop #2: Paper Plate Puppets
12:30 p.m. Backyard Buggin puppet show
Ongoing chalk art, roving puppets, giant bubbles, hula hoops, jugglers
Legal parking is available on some streets and at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3800 NE Parvin Rd, Kansas City, MO 64117. The KCATA will provide complimentary shuttle transportation around the NE Chouteau corridor.
ABOUT THE FOUNTAIN
The François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain is currently under further development on the west side of Chouteau Parkway, south of I-35, north of Parvin Road. The first phase of the fountain bluff is complete and three heroic size bronze sculptures of Francois Chouteau and two Osage Indians are installed. A fourth sculpture of a Kansa hunter stalking a beaver will be unveiled at the Bicentennial celebration. The sculptures were produced by local artist Kwan Wu, who is ranked among the top sculptors in the world. The fountain’s next phase includes building additional bluffs and adding a water feature. More at www.chouteaufountain.org.
August 10, 2021, will mark the two hundredth anniversary of Missouri’s entry as the 24th state to enter the United States. A state with many different regional cultures, geographies, and industries, each Missouri community, county, and region has a story to tell about its people, their history, their commerce, and their culture. By celebrating the accomplishments and diversity of all these regions, we help create a better understanding of our one Missouri and the ties that bind us together. More at www.missouri2021.org.
Randolph County, organized in 1829, celebrated its 190th Anniversary at the Randolph County Courthouse, 372 Highway JJ in Huntsville, at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 20. The celebration, planned by Randolph County government in coordination with the Randolph County Historical Society, Huntsville Historical Society, and local chapters of Daughters of the American Colonists and Daughters of the American Revolution included proclamations and resolutions from politicians and a visual presentation of the history of Randolph County from pre-white settlement through the development of Clark’s road and the Boonslick to current times. The event was open to the public. Light refreshments were provided.