10/15/2014 | First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site | St. Charles, MO
On March 22, 1915, the 48th General Assembly set aside the first Monday in October each year as "Missouri Day" due to the efforts of Anna Brosius Korn, a native Missourian. In 1969, the 75th General Assembly changed the date to the third Wednesday in October. Missouri Day is a time for schools to honor the state and for the people of the state to celebrate the achievements of all Missourians. This is the historic site’s fifth year celebrating Missouri Day, and this year, you will learn about American Indians, with specific emphasis on Missouri tribes. Plan to explore flint knapping, oral history and storytelling, food, crafts, commerce and trade, beads, herbs, agriculture, clothing, scrimshaw art, games and skills, and even see an example of a traditional wigwam. School groups, as well as the general public, are invited to wander through all the activities at their leisure. The event will be held at the historic site, where, in 1821, our first legislators and senators undertook the task of reorganizing and preparing Missouri to be a progressive state!
In conjunction with the Missouri Day celebration, join Michael Dickey, author of “The People of the River’s Mouth: In Search of the Missouria Indians” for a presentation and book signing. The Missouria were the first group of Indigenous people the European explorers encountered when exploring the Pekitanoui River, what is now known as the Missouri River. Dickey has been studying Missouri history for most of his life and is the administrator of Arrow Rock State Historic Site. This book is one of the first to recover the lost history of the Missouria people, who William Clark in 1804 described as “once the most numerous nation in this part of the continent.” Dickey also authored "Arrow Rock: Crossroads of the Missouri Frontier," which won the 2005 Missouri Humanities Council Book Award.
This event is free and open to the public.
Main events: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Presentation and Book Signing: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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