News Release 227

History Day student exhibit on display at Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-227 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 29, 2011 — A prize-winning student exhibit on the Meramec River Dam debate is on display at the Missouri State Museum in the State Capitol through July 15. The exhibit is one of two exhibits that tied for the Missouri History Prize from the National History Day in Missouri.

National History Day in Missouri is a yearlong history education program sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. The program encourages young people to explore history and teaches them to understand historical issues, ideas, people and events. The Missouri State Museum established the Missouri History Prize, which is awarded annually, to encourage students to research Missouri history for their projects. The theme for History Day 2011 is "Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

Four students, Kathleen Magee, Amy Marshall, Molly Mitchell and Emma Sonderman, from St. Raphael the Archangel School in St. Louis, competed in the junior group exhibit category. Their exhibit, “Protect or Improve? The Great Debate Over the Meramec Dam,” will be displayed in the museum’s History Hall in the east wing of the State Capitol Building through July 15.

The museum and the Capitol building are open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). For more information, contact the Missouri State Museum office at 573-751-2854 or the Missouri 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