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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 25, 2022 – Here’s to Missouri! Toasts, drinking and early Missouri politics will be discussed at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site. 

Join Christopher Alan Gordon, director of Library and Collections for the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, as he explores the role that beer, wine and spirits played in early American politics.

From stumping and electioneering to celebratory banquets, the drinks flowed as did the rhetoric. When Missouri’s founding fathers gathered for dinners and picnics, long portions of their celebrations were spent toasting all manner of beliefs, issues, heroes and loved ones. This presentation examines the importance of drink in early politics and the ways in which it became entwined in ritual and expression.

While the event is free and open to the public, please RSVP by calling 636-940-3322, as refreshments will be provided. First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is located at 200 S. Main St. in St. Charles. 

For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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