Commemorating Missouri’s Bicentennial

Join Missouri State Parks in commemorating the bicentennial of Missouri’s entry into the United States of America as the 24th state. Take time in 2021 to reflect on the past, present and future of Missouri. The road to statehood was controversial, long and complex. Missouri’s admission changed the nation on many different fronts. We look forward to telling stories of the state’s history and culture through acts of service, stewardship and interpretation during the bicentennial year, with planning currently underway. 

Missouri State Parks provides many ways to commemorate what is historic and unique to the state of Missouri, from virtual interpretation to recreational opportunities such as camping and hiking. You can even visit the time and place of Missouri’s statehood at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site. 

You can view a list of upcoming bicentennial-related activities, virtual events and educational opportunities below. If you have questions, reach out to your local state park or historic site by phone, or email for more information.   

We look forward to seeing you this year. You are always welcome at Missouri State Parks.

Bicentennial Events:

Name of Event
March 16 [Virtual] Missouri Trailblazers: Acknowledging Lewis & Clark in Missouri  Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City [Virtual] 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
March 18 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "Getting Started With African American Genealogy" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 10 Missouri Bicentennial: Celebrating the Story of ​CCC Company 1743 Washington State Park, De Soto TBD
April 15 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "Art, Race and Thomas Hart Benton" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
May 20 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "Iron Riders" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
June 17 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "Black Baseball & Black History" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Aug. 6 Missouri Bicentennial Pictionary St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Aug. 7 Missouri Bicentennial Jeopardy St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Aug. 10 1820s Picnic Felix Vallé State Historic Site, Ste. Genevieve 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aug. 19 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "Missouri's Marvelous Mammals" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sept. 16 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "Camping While Black: Missouri's Camp Dericotte" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 21 [Virtual] Bicentennial Lecture Series: "African American Artists Collective" Mid-Continent Library [virtual] 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.