News Release 447

Public invited to share ideas at an informational meeting for two state historic sites

Volume 37-447 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., NOV. 19, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites you to bring your ideas to an informational meeting on Monday, Nov. 30 for Mark Twain Birthplace and Union Covered Bridge state historic sites in Monroe County. The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site in Florida, Mo., and is open to the public.

Representatives from Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, which oversees Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site, will provide information on the current status of both sites and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about the historic sites. Based partially on previous comments and input from the public, the department has installed a new accessible water fountain in the museum at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site.

Nov. 30 is the anniversary of Samuel Clemens birth in 1835. Clemens later changed his name and became known as Mark Twain, the celebrated author and lecturer. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission will be offered to Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, where his life is interpreted through audio-visual programs and exhibits, including the childhood cabin he lived in while in Florida, Mo.

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site is located 11 miles east of Paris on Highway 154 and three miles north on Highway 107 in Mark Twain State Park. Persons requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the historic site directly at 573-565-3449 or by calling the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at