News Release 284

Missouri State Parks continues "Museum after Hours" program Dec. 5 with state seal program

Volume 39-284 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri State Museum will continue its “Museum after Hours” program Dec. 5 with a presentation on Missouri’s state seal. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the program will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum classroom, which is located in the Capitol’s History Hall (east wing).

Local historian Henry Gensky will present a program called “The Story of Missouri’s State Seal.” Gensky will give a detailed explanation of the state seal and talk about the seal’s designer, Robert W. Wells, an important figure in Missouri history. After designing the seal, Gensky went on to become Missouri’s attorney general and a federal judge.

“Museum after Hours” events are held the first Wednesday of each month when the museum galleries remain open from 5 to 9 p.m. The opportunity is for those who have wondered what it would be like to visit the museum at night, or whose schedule doesn’t allow daytime outings. In addition to the special program, the event allows the public to view some of the regular exhibits like “Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing,” an exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Evening entry to the museum is through the carriage entrance on the south side of the building underneath the grand staircase.

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of Missouri State Parks, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For more information, contact the museum 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.