August 20, 2019

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Landing After Hours “The Landing: History and Archaeology in Missouri’s Capital City” at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site Sept. 4

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 20, 2019 – The Missouri State Museum will present the program  “The Landing: History and Archaeology in Missouri’s Capital City” as part of its ongoing “Landing After Hours” series at 7 p.m.,Wed., Sept. 4. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the program will move to the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site for 2019.

Missouri State Park archaeologist Rachel Campbell with discuss the history and archaeology of Jefferson Landing State Historic Site. Three buildings on north Jefferson Street in Missouri’s capital are all that remain of the once bustling river port now known as Jefferson Landing State Historic Site. After the City of Jefferson was selected as the new seat of Missouri government in 1826, the lower end of Jefferson Street became the central commercial and transportation district for the new city. Known as ‘The Landing,’ businesses provided services associated with river transportation and the expanding state government. The buildings that remain today have seen use as hotels, residences, grocery stores, warehouses, tenements, telegraph offices and storage. Archaeological excavations surrounding the remaining buildings have occurred periodically since the 1970s. By using historical documents, photographs, and the previous archaeological investigations, a more complete history of the landing and early Jefferson City can be told.

The Missouri State Museum’s After Hour events are held the first Wednesday of each month. Doors to the Lohman Building will open at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. Come early to explore the historic site by entering through the track-side doors before the program. The program will be held in the first floor classroom, easily accessed from the south entrance door. Convenient parking is available in the lot next to the Lohman Building. 

For more information about the event, call the Missouri State Museum at 573-751-2854.

For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the web at Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.