January 25, 2017

Contact: Steph Deidrick

“How Missouri got its Borders” at the Missouri State Museum Feb. 1

Guests of the Missouri State Museum are invited to the program “How Missouri got its Borders,” an extension of the “Museum after Hours” series. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 in the History Hall of the east wing of the Missouri State Capitol.

Missouri’s distinctive borders follow rivers and man-made boundaries. Local historian Henry Gensky will tell the story of John H. Walker and Sen. Lewis Linn, who helped form Missouri’s crooked borders. Guest will also learn about the interesting background of the acquisition of two unique features – the Bootheel and the Platte Purchase.

The Missouri State Museum hosts “Museum after Hours” events the first Wednesday of every month. During this series, guests can take part in the special programs offered and have the opportunity to view the museum’s old and new exhibits. The galleries are open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on event nights and evening guests should enter through the carriage entrance on the south side of the building under the grand staircase.

The Missouri State Museum, which is 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. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.