August 23, 2018

Contact: Brian Quinn

St. Louis barter economy focus of Missouri State Museum after hours event Sept. 5

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 23 2018 – The Missouri State Museum will present a program titled What’s This Doing There: Archaeological Evidence of the St. Louis Barter Economy 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Museum's History Hall. The hall is located in the east wing of the Missouri State Capitol.

Giving the presentation will be Michael Meyer, an archeologist with the Missouri Department of Transportation. Meyer will discuss the excavation of a Poteaux-en-terre house in St. Louis built and occupied by Pierre Berger from 1766 to 1778. The home’s cellar later became a trash pit for the home and blacksmith shop of Jean-Baptiste Marli. The refuse unearthed during the site’s excavation, a mix of domestic, commercial and industrial items, provides hints of how people conducted commerce in St. Louis in the final decades of the 18th century.

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 events are designed for the curious, as well as for people who are unable to visit the museum during the day. In addition to the special programs, the events allow a more relaxed opportunity to view all of the museum exhibits. Entry into the capitol after 5:30 p.m. is through the garage entrance on the building’s east side.

The Missouri State Museum, part of the Missouri state park system, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For more information about the event, call the museum at 573-751-2854.

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