Benton impersonator July 25 at Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

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Volume 37-188 For Immediate Release: July 15, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JULY 15, 2009 -- Step back in time and meet Thomas Hart Benton in his art studio on Saturday, July 25 at Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site in midtown Kansas City. Offered through a partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be from noon to 4 p.m. and is open to the public.

Local historian Bill Worley will portray Benton in the room where he produced many of his paintings. This appearance will offer guests a unique opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the famous Missourian's personal and professional life, tastes and style. Visitors can tour the home filled with Benton's furnishings and artwork, then visit his studio. Tours are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for ages six to 12.

Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, located at 3616 Belleview, preserves the home of Missouri's most famous 20th century artist and his studio. Benton lived in the house from 1939 until his death in 1975. The home is open to the public year-round, seven days per week.

For more information, contact the historic site at 816-931-5722 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com

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