News Release 248

History Day student exhibit on Dred Scott on display at Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-248 (For Immediate Release)
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JULY 15, 2011 — A prize-winning student exhibit about Dred Scott from a Columbia student will be on display at the Missouri State Museum in the State Capitol July 16 though Aug. 31. 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."

John Swift from Columbia Catholic School competed in the junior group exhibit category. His exhibit, "Dred Scott: Free Man or Slave," looks at the debate of this well known case. The exhibit will be displayed in the museum’s History Hall in the east wing of the State Capitol Building through the end of August.

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