"Before the Fort" Exhibit

9/1/2019 to 10/31/2019 | Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site | Pilot Knob, MO

For the 2019 season, the historic site will be rotating six different themed displays of artifacts related to the site. Many of these are original artifacts that have never been on public display. Each themed display will be available for public viewing during regular business hours at the museum.

September and October will be themed "Before the Fort." This exhibit will highlight Native American life in the Arcadia Valley before European settlement. Long before European explorers and settlers move into the valley, the rich land and natural resources attracted the first people to the valley. The museum has been blessed with many gifts over the years of private collections of Native American artifacts from all over the valley. These artifacts range from crude scrappers to intricate points and knives made from local and imported stone. Many people don't know there was a vibrant trade system among the Native American tribes in all types of materials and artifacts. The artifacts will be on display and staff will be available to explain and interpret the artifacts. 

Upcoming displays will be:
November-December  “Remembering the past”   Highlighting the battle participant reunions and picnics, which kept the memory of the battle alive and also the latter activities developing the museum and the distinctive reenactments.

 This 2019 rotating exhibit event will include a reward for visitors who visit all six of the exhibits over the 2019 season. We will have an event passport, which can document attendance at the exhibits. The first five persons to turn in completed passports showing attendance to all six exhibits will receive a VIP pass to the September 2020 reenactment. The pass will include VIP seating and parking at the event as well as other incentives. All persons turning in a completed passport after the first five have been awarded will be placed in a random drawing for two additional VIP passes to be drawn in January 2020.  

Click here to read the news release for "Before the Fort" and upcoming displays.

Museum Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
118 East Maple, Pilot Knob, MO | (573) 546-3454