August 09, 2016

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Missouri’s birthday celebration at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site Aug. 10

Missouri will celebrate its 195th birthday with an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles.

Missouri became the 24th state on Aug. 10, 1821. To celebrate its birthday, guests are invited to the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site for demonstrations, interpretations and tours of the site.

There will be a variety of activities during this birthday celebration. Interpreters will be in period dress and the state historic site will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Peck Brothers Dry Goods & Hardware store and residence will be available during the open house. The site will host story -teller Alive Reese from

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The public will also be able to view the buildings where the first senators and representatives met to discuss the business of operating as a new state.

Kids are invited to come learn about Missouri’s state symbols and play games from the 1800s. Cake and punch will be available.

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is located at 200 South Main Street, St. Charles.  For more information about the event, call 636-940-3322.  Missouri State Parks is supported by the one-tenth of one-percent Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax, which accounts for approximately 75 percent of the budget to repair, improve and maintain state parks and historic sites. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit