News Release 115

Civil War in Missouri exhibit opens May 10 at Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-115 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., April 21, 2011 – The stories of individual Missourians during the Civil War is the focus of an exhibit that will open May 10 in the Missouri State Museum’s History Hall in the State Capitol. Opening ceremonies for "Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing" will be held at 9 a.m. on the first floor of the State Capitol. The exhibit, which will be on display through December 2015 in the museum’s History Hall, commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Following a brief opening ceremony, the exhibit will officially open to the public. This will be followed by a living history program called “Decisions,” which focuses on secession.

A Family Activity Day associated with the exhibit will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the State Capitol. Visitors will be able to preview the exhibit in the museum's History Hall. In the rotunda of the Capitol, the River Ridge String Band will perform Civil War-era music from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The program on secession, "Decisions," will be presented at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Civilian, Union and Confederate re-enactors will interact with visitors in the History Hall of the Missouri State Museum. On the south lawn of the Capitol grounds, museum staff will present a Civil War artillery program, "Ready, Aim, Fire," and a Civil War infantry program, "Enrolling, Marching and Drilling." The Holmes' Brigade will perform a re-enactment of a Union (German) Infantry Drill at 2:30 p.m. on the south lawn.

The exhibit will be on display in the Missouri State Museum through December 2015 with different artifacts being rotated into the exhibit each six months. The Capitol is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Missouri State Museum is part of the Missouri state park system. For more information, contact the 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