April 25, 2019

Contact: Amy Poos

Battle of Pilot Knob presents a new exhibit: Dropped and Found

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 25, 2019 – Come to the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site and experience its rotating exhibit of themed displays of artifacts relating to the site. Many of these are original artifacts never on public display until now. Each exhibit will be on display for two months.

During May and June, visit the “Dropped and Found” display. During the heat of battle many items are dropped. Decades later items have been found at the battle site and throughout the Arcadia Valley. The museum contains an extensive collection of personal items dropped by both Union and Confederate soldiers. Bullets, belt buckles, coat buttons and many other items will be on display. Site staff will be available to interpret the artifacts.

Upcoming displays:

  • July-August: “Guess what this is.” Gives visitors a chance to view several unique items pertaining to the battle and the history of the valley and then venture a guess as to what they are and how these items were used.
  • September-October: “Before the Fort” highlights Native American life in the valley before European settlement.
  • November-December: “Remembering the Past” will feature mementos and awards given to veterans of the battle, pictures of past reunions, and artifacts telling the history of early efforts to preserve the site and protect it from modern encroachment, including the first reenactments in the 1960s.

The site will have an event passport card for visitors to obtain staff signatures during each of the exhibits. The first five people to turn in their completed passport will receive a VIP pass to the September 2020 reenactment. The pass will include VIP seating and parking at the event as well as other incentives.  

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic site is located in southeast Missouri at 118 E. Maple St., Pilot Knob. For more information about the event, call the site at 573-546-3454.

For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit the web at Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.