News Release 039

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392

March 21, 2014 Volume 42-14-039 

"Thomas Hart Benton: His Life and His Murals" at the Missouri State Museum April 2

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri State Museum will present the program “Thomas Hart Benton: His Life and His Murals” as part of its ongoing “Museum after Hours” series on Wednesday, April 2. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Thomas Hart Benton was one of America’s foremost mural painters. He produced 14 murals over his long career, including “A Social History of the State of Missouri”. This program by Steve Sitton, site administrator at the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, will give a brief background of Benton’s life, and take a look at each one of his murals. A highlight of this program will be an appearance by Mr. Harold Brown, the last surviving model from Benton’s mural in the State Capitol.

The program will be held in the museum classroom, which is located in the History Hall in the east wing of the first floor of the State Capitol. The Missouri State Museum’s “Museum after Hours” events are held the first Wednesday of each month when the museum galleries remain open from 5-9 p.m. “Museum after Hours” is for those who have wondered what it would be like to visit the museum at night or whose schedules don’t allow daytime outings. Evening entry to the museum 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 information on 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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