July 25, 2018

Contact: Brian Quinn

62nd U.S. Colored Infantry focus of After Hours program at Missouri State Museum August 1

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 25, 2018 – The Missouri State Museum will present the program “In Search of the 62nd U.S. Colored Infantry” as part of its ongoing Museum After Hours series. The program begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, in the History Hall in the Missouri State Capitol’s east wing.

The men of the 62nd and 65th U.S. Colored Infantry founded Lincoln University in Jefferson City just after the Civil War. Michelle Brooks, local historian and newspaper editor, will present her research on the 62nd. Her work gives names and faces to the individuals who formed the unit and founded the school.

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 to 9 p.m. The program is designed for anyone who has wondered what it would be like to visit the museum at night or whose schedules don’t allow for daytime outings. In addition to the special programs, the events allow a more relaxed opportunity to view all the museum exhibits. These exhibits include both old favorites and new offerings. Entry into the Capitol after 5:30 p.m. is through the garage entrance on the building’s east side.

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of the Missouri State Parks 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.