August 31, 2016

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Trail of Tears program at Missouri State Museum Sept. 7

The story of the Trail of Tears through Missouri will be the focus of the “Museum after Hours” program Sept. 7 at the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the History Hall of the east wing of the Missouri State Capitol.

Between1837 and 1839, 13 detachments of Cherokee traveled overland through Missouri after being forced from their homelands in the southeastern states. These groups took three routes through Missouri, giving the state more miles of the Cherokee Trail of Tears than any other state. The program will feature a virtual trip along the Trail of Tears and look at the places and conditions along the state’s routes.

The program continues the museum’s ongoing “Museum after Hours” series, held the first Wednesday of each month. In addition to the program, the museum’s galleries will be open until 9 p.m. 

The Missouri State Museum, part of Missouri’s 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. 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.

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