“Bushwacked!” program to be held at the Missouri State Museum Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-012 For Immediate Release: Jan. 27, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, – Explore what life was like as a Missourian during the Civil War by participating in the interactive “Bushwhacked” program to be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1 at the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the program will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday and is free and open to the public.  

The state of Missouri sent nearly 150,000 men and hosted the third most battles during the Civil War.  Missourians were forced to decide where their sympathies were and take up arms for the Union, Confederacy or as Ruffians.  Friends and neighbors, even women and children, were all affected by the small battles and skirmishes that occurred in Missouri. During this program, visitors can become a Yankee, Reb or Ruffian and fight their way through Missouri Civil War history. This program is appropriate for ages nine and up. 

The Missouri State Museum is located inside the Missouri State Capitol at 201 W. Capitol Avenue. The program will take place on the first floor rotunda of the Capitol.  Weekend access is located underneath the grand staircase on the south side of the building.

For more information about the event, contact the tour desk at 573-751-4127 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.