JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 26, 2022 – Missouri turns 201 years old this year. Come celebrate at First Missouri State Capitol Historic Site Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m.
The commemoration kicks off at 3 p.m. with historical demonstrations by local reenactors. The First Capitol building will be open for walk-through, self-guided tours and various outdoor activities in the backyard. There will also be booths with information about recent projects at the site, including the new sidewalk and the April 10 fire recovery effort. Information about school and group tours and programs will also be available.
Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend an informational meeting at 5 p.m. The town hall-style meeting will be held behind the visitor center in the historic site’s backyard. Team members will provide updates on the past year and on future projects, and offer an optional building tour after the informational portion of the meeting. From 5 to 7 p.m., there will also be an open house for Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park and the eastern section of Katy Trail State Park.
The public is invited to share comments and ask questions about the historic sites and parks, and their operations. Team members will be present to provide information and to answer questions.
Following the meetings, at 7 p.m., there will be an old-time concert with music by the Buckhannon Brothers. Just a stone’s throw from the Missouri River, the First Missouri State Capitol is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy some tunes. Performing traditional instrumental music, the Buckhannon Brothers’ expansive repertoire ranges from lively fiddle tunes and waltzes to polkas and blues. The brothers, who hail from St. Louis, are highly regarded and well known in the folk music community. Curtis’ mandolin playing is complemented by Dennis’ guitar accompaniment. Free and open to the public, this concert is sure to get your toes tapping.
Input from the public is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings are being held virtually or in person in all state parks and historic sites to help create two-way communication with the public. The meetings will inform the public on the current status and future plans for the park or historic site and offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities. For a list of scheduled informational meetings, visit mostateparks.com/page/66611/informational-meetings.
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is located at 200 S. Main St. in St. Charles. For more information about this event, call 636-940-3322.
For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.