News Release 097

Civil War exhibit unveiling scheduled May 19 at Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-097 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The next phase of the exhibit “Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing” will open Saturday, May 19 at the Missouri State Museum in the State Capitol. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the museum’s History Hall in the Rotunda and the public is invited to attend.

This phase of the exhibit features new artifacts including the conserved flag from the 62nd U.S. Colored Troops. Soldiers of the 62nd and 65th Regiment Infantry United States Colored Troops collected their pay to found Lincoln Institute (now University) in Jefferson City after the Civil War. Carolyn Mahoney, Ph.D., president of Lincoln University, will provide remarks during the ceremony. Miller Boyd from the University of Mississippi will give a presentation on the 62nd U.S. Colored Troops and their effort to establish Lincoln University.

This is the third phase of the “Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing” exhibit that tells the stories of individual Missourians during the Civil War. Different artifacts are rotated into the exhibit every six months. The flag and other artifacts of this phase will remain on display until November 2012. The entire exhibit, which will be on display through June 2015, commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
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. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.