Virtual Landing After Hours: The 1849 Cholera Outbreak in Jefferson City

5/5/2021 | Missouri State Museum | Jefferson City, MO

In 1849, a steamship named after President James Monroe headed from St. Louis to Council Bluffs, Iowa. The passengers were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Philadelphia. At St. Louis they were joined by a group of California gold diggers from Jeffersonville, Indiana. But their trip was interrupted when cholera broke out on board. Local 14-year-old James McHenry discovered the steamship after it landed at Jefferson City, and observed the dead and dying victims along the riverbank. Author Gary Elliott recently published a book about the outbreak that details its history and its far-reaching effects. Please join us online for this presentation.

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Program Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Missouri State Museum Facebook Page

The Missouri State Museum is located at:

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

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  • Interpretive Programs