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News Release 143

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 11, 2014 Volume 42-14-143 

Enjoy educational programs at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

Jefferson City, Mo. - Battle of Lexington State Historic Site will host two educational programs during the month of August. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, both events are free to the public and held in conjunction with the Lexington Fair, which runs from Aug. 25-30.

On Thursday, Aug. 21, Lee Ward will present a program entitled “Jesse James, Alive Then Dead” at 2 p.m. in the theater at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. Ward has been an undertaker for 53 years, owns and operates the Museum of Funeral History in Independence and has written five books. He lectures on many topics including Civil War period funerals and embalming.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Kansas City Astronomical Association will present a program and set up telescopes at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. The program will be in the visitor center theater beginning at 7:30 p.m. Afterwards, the public is invited to view the stars on the battlefield. The program will be held regardless of weather.

The Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located on 110 Delaware Street, Lexington,. For information on the events, call the site at 660-259-4654. For 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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