JuneteenthKC returned in June 2019 with a series of events in Kansas City’s historic Eighteenth and Vine District celebrating the spirit of independence, freedom, and African American pride. The commemoration of Juneteenth has been a central part of African American life and culture in Kansas City since 1980. In 2019, this city-wide celebration of Emancipation included a diverse array of free family-friendly events, including the Juneteenth Cultural Parade on Saturday, June 1; the “JuneteenthKC Edition” of First Fridays on Friday, June 7; the Juneteenth Celebration at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Saturday, June 8; and the JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 15.
Randolph County celebrated its 190th anniversary in 2019. To commemorate the occasion, the Randolph County Historical Society created a visual history of the county for use at anniversary events and for display at the Randolph County Historical Society Museum and other sites in Randolph County. The presentation promotes a better understanding of the history, culture, events, and notable persons with a connection to Randolph County.
Allen Cemetery is a nearly 200-year-old cemetery located between Franklin and St. Louis County. The cemetery contains dozens of Civil War and WW1 burials, interments of pioneering families of Missouri, and even MLB player Bob Klinger and his family. An organized clean-up and preservation day was held on April 27, 2019. Multiple local organizations joined together to help clean up this treasured landmark. It is relevant to Missouri 2021’s mission because, through this restoration effort, we helped to keep a physical tie to this critical crossroad of Missouri. In 1826, many pioneering families traveling between St. Louis and Franklin County did not reach their final destination. Several of those pioneering families later had descendants that remained in this area who then served our country in the wars that followed, such as the Allens, Shoults, Wenglers, Brockmeiers, Whitworths and many more.
The Greene County Archives and Records Center houses county documents dating from 1833. These documents include a large collection of circuit court cases, including the murder case against “Wild” Bill Hickok for the murder of David Tutt, as well as the investigation into the murder of Bald Knobber leader Nat Kinney. It also includes a freedom suit filed in Greene County in 1834.The digitization project will scan and place these documents, and others of local and statewide significance online by 2021. These documents are important for their relevance in county, state, and national history.
The Old-Time, Music Ozark Heritage Festival in West Plains, Missouri celebrates old-time music and the distinctive culture of the Ozark Highlands. Different from its rural counterparts, bluegrass and country, old time music has its distinctive sound and makes its own important contribution to the complex palette of what we call indigenous American music.
Demonstrating the spectrum of art forms from dance fiddling, local jig steps, and gospel singing, to the songs, narratives and ballads that tell the story of a place, to the occupational traditions of blacksmithing, log skidding, spinning and basket making, artists show how these arts are embedded in the experience of our daily lives and how they fit the functional and symbolic needs of our community.
This was the 25th celebration, and one is planned each year, up to and beyond the Bicentennial Commemoration.
The Historic Mt. Gilead School is a one room school house built in the 1870s. Join the Historic Mt. Gilead School for field trips and tours in 2021 that will teach adults and school groups about the history of Missouri during the time it was admitted into the union. The program is open to the public, suitable for all ages, and can be scheduled throughout the 2021 calendar year.
Historic Saint Louis is a coalition of historic homes and museums that preserve and present the rich history of the Saint Louis region, encompassing many heritages, such as French, English, African American, German. Extensive research and collaboration have enabled most sites to be tied together through specific historic figures and events, documenting degrees of separation, presenting a connected history and heritage to the visitor. On Saturday, December 1, 2018, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., twenty-six historic houses, museums, and privately-owned homes joined together to present a splendid grand holiday tour. For this one-day event, each venue was decorated with a festive flair and may offer costumed skits, music, other seasonal activities, and refreshments.
In honor of Missouri’s 200th birthday in 2021, St. Louis Genealogical Society (StLGS) is honoring the St. Louis men and women who played a part in Missouri history through its St. Louis City/County Biographies project. More than 170 biographies have already been posted and can be viewed on the St. Louis Genealogical Society website. Profiles of St. Louis ancestors from StLGS members and nonmembers alike are welcomed. Submissions will be posted on the StLGS website. The project is endorsed by Missouri 2021. To view the biographies or for more information on how to submit your St. Louis ancestor’s biography, go to St. Louis City/County Biographies on the St. Louis Genealogical Society website.
In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the State of Missouri, The Spencer Art Reference Library of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in partnership with the Kansas City Art Institute and The St. Louis Public Library created a free, online resource that documents the artists who lived in, or spent part of their careers within, Missouri from its beginning in 1821 to 1951. Project partners have mined their artist files and archival collections to create individual records that describe each artist’s life and practice. The resulting online resource allows anyone interested in learning more about Missouri’s artistic traditions to explore iconic figures, such as Thomas Hart Benton and George Caleb Bingham and artists from under-represented communities including women, artists of color and self-taught artists.
Whether you’re a collector, a teacher, a researcher or just love all things related to the “Show-Me” state Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri 1821 – 1951 is your gateway to exploring the artists of Missouri!
Missouri Remembers has been made possible through funding from the Missouri Humanities Council and from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Join the Northwest Missouri Steam and Gas Engine Association in Hamilton on October 19 and 20 for a historical agriculture and homesteading exhibition. Northwest Missouri Steam and Gas Engine Association promotes the preservation of historical agricultural practices and homesteading skills in Missouri. Blacksmith, kettle cooking, cider mills, apple butter making, and many other traditional skills will be demonstrated. Bring your voice or an instrument and play along in an old-time music jam. Steam and gas engines and draft horse power will exhibit plowing, threshing, sawmills, and corn grinding.