Tuesdays @ 2: Growing Things

6/2/2020 to 8/11/2020 | Missouri State Museum | Jefferson City, MO

From June 2 through Aug. 11, the Missouri State Museum is hosting a fun twist on summer programming. "Tuesdays @ 2" is a series of interactive programs that explore various aspects of Missouri's cultural and natural history, specifically focused on age groups 8 to 12 years using more activity-based programming.


For similar-themed programming for younger children, please see our regular "Learning @ 11" programs for age groups 4 to 7. The broad theme for both programs is "Growing Things." The series will explore how people, plants and animals grow in Missouri. Details on the individual programs are provided below.


June Themes:


June 2: Farm Children Growing Food


Come learn about how German immigrant farm children helped grow food for their families. Enjoy planting some of their favorite vegetables, potatoes, corn and beans, just as they planted them in the 1920s.


June 9: The Wild and Cultivated Foods of Missouri's Native People


Join us for a look at Missouri’s wild and cultivated native foods, and learn how our local American Indian tribes used them in their daily lives.


June 16: The Plant Doctor


You may know him as the “Peanut Man.” No peanuts will be present as we interactively learn about an amazing person from Missouri’s history, George Washington Carver.


June 23: The History and Legacy of the Missouri Mule


What is a mule? A horse, a donkey, or both? What makes a "Missouri Mule" special? Why and what jobs made this animal so important? Learn facts and much more about the animal that bears the name "Missouri Mule.”


June 30: Pigs in the Cities


Did you know that in the 1800s pigs ran wild in the streets of Missouri's cities? People living in towns loved to own pigs. They could be let free to roam the city during the day to rummage through the garbage for food. At night, they were trained to come home to sleep. Once a year, the town would have a butchering day to prepare hams, bacon and other pig products. Come learn about pigs in cities and make your own tussy-mussy so you won't have to smell them.


Program Times: 11 a.m. - Noon
Location: Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, 100 Jefferson St.

Missouri State Museum is located at:

First Floor, State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol, Jefferson City, MO | (573) 751-2854

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs