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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 21, 2022 – Join Dr. Sarah Jones, art historian for the Missouri State Museum, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, as she explores the history of the Taos Society of Artists and its contribution to the art of the Missouri Capitol.

The original Capitol Decoration Commission planned to use artwork to educate people about the resources and history of the state of Missouri. The lunette murals decorating the second floor are among the most direct representations of this goal. St. Louis native Oscar E. Berninghaus and his colleagues of the Taos Society of Artists created many of the original lunettes. The commission chose the Taos artists due to their expertise in depicting American landscapes and scenes of Indigenous cultures – two subjects that would be featured prominently in the lunette murals.

The program will be held at the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, 100 Jefferson St. in Jefferson City. Parking is available in the lot next to the Lohman Building. For more information, call 573-751-2854. The program will also be livestreamed on the Missouri State Museum’s Facebook page at

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