News Release 138

Missouri State Parks hosts Behind-the-scenes Tour June 29 at Lohman Building

Volume 39-138 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The first 2012 “It’s Your History” behind-the-scenes tour for the Missouri State Museum will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29 at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site. The State Museum will open a new exhibit in the historic site’s Lohman Building in March and participants will be able to learn what it takes to develop new exhibits. This is also the public’s chance to come tell their stories about the history of the Lohman Building and to have input on the new exhibit early in the development process.

Built in 1839, the Lohman Building was originally a bustling steamboat landing and port of entry for many into the capital city. Museum staff is planning to change the current exhibit, focused on transportation, which has been in place for several years, and to replace it with a more hands-on exhibit focused on the role of the building in the community as a warehouse, general store and more. Join museum staff to learn the behind-the-scenes part of exhibit development, engage in a discussion of the building’s history and contribute ideas for the new exhibit.
The program will be held in the exhibit space of the Lohman Building, which is located on the ground level of the building at 100 Jefferson Street. Enter on the north side of the building (toward the railroad tracks).

This is the first in a series of Missouri State Museum “It’s Your History” behind-the-scenes tours that will be offered the last Friday of each month through October. The other tours will be at the museum’s Riverside Collections Facility and will focus on different parts of the artifact collection, including Civil War flags (July), 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair (August), Mary Alicia Owen’s collection of Native American beadwork (September) and communications technology (October).

Jefferson Landing State Historic Site is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 1 – Labor Day. The site is administered by the Missouri State Museum as part of Missouri state park system. For more information, contact the Missouri State 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.