News Release 395

Discover a new side of Missouri State Museum in 2012

Volume 39-395 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., DEC. 28, 2011 – Discover a new side to the Missouri State Museum in 2012 with “Museum after Hours” events on the first Wednesday of each month. Your first opportunity will be Wednesday, Jan. 4 when the Missouri State Museum galleries in the State Capitol will remain open until 8 p.m. These events are free of charge to the public and sponsored by Missouri State Parks.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to visit the museum at night, or your schedule does not allow daytime outings, join state museum staff for a special program to view the exhibits from 5 to 8 p.m. You will find both old favorites and new, including “Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing,” an exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The Jan. 4 event will also feature a special interpretive program at 7 p.m. on the life of Ella Ewing, the “Missouri Giantess.” Born in a small town in northeast Missouri, Ella Ewing toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as an adult because of her extreme height. She is reported to have been more than 8 feet tall and was perhaps the tallest woman in the world during her lifetime! The Missouri State Museum has artifacts in its collections related to Ewing, including some of her shoes, which can be viewed at this presentation. This program will take place in the museum classroom, which is located in the History Hall (east wing).

Evening entry to the museum for all after-hour events will be through the carriage entrance on the south side of the building underneath the grand staircase.

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of the Missouri state park system, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For more information, contact the museum at 573-751-2854. For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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