News Release 454

History Day Exhibit on display in Missouri State Museum during August            

Volume 38-454 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751-6510 / After Hours: 573-340-9DNR (9367)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. AUG. 9, 2010 -- The exhibit on Kansas City jazz that won the Missouri History Prize from Missouri’s National History Day is on display in the Missouri State Museum in the State Capitol during August.

The Missouri State Museum, operated by the Department of Natural Resources, established the annual Missouri History Prize to encourage students to research Missouri history for their projects.  Blue Springs students Angie Delk and Erin Reynolds competed in the senior group exhibit category with their exhibit “Kansas City Jazz: Impact and Innovation” and won the prize.

The theme for History Day 2010 was “Innovation in History: Impact and Change.”  The prize-winning exhibit focuses on the impact of Kansas City jazz on the “Jazz Age” and also how the development of jazz changed Kansas City’s population, economy and politics. 

The winning exhibit will be displayed in the museum’s History Hall in the east wing of the State Capitol.  The museum and the Capitol are open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).  For more information, contact the Missouri State Museum office at 573-751-2854 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For information on state parks and historic sites, visit