March 14, 2019

Contact: Amy Poos

Missouri State Parks participates in Missouri Civil War passport program

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 15, 2019 – Missouri State Parks is participating in a Missouri Civil War Passport program sponsored by Fry’s Lyon Foundation. A ceremony to kick off the passport program will be held at 2 p.m., March 15 at the Capitol Rotunda.

Following the ceremony, a Civil War Passport Roundtable will be held at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site from 3 to 5 p.m. where representatives from the various passport locations will speak about their facilities.

Passports will be available for $10 at Missouri State Park retail sites, all 39 passport sites or online at Participants will stamp their passports at participating locations. The program will begin April 1 and end Dec. 31, 2020.

The foundation chose the sites included in the program based on their inclusion in the federally-created Civil War Sites Advisory Commission’s list of historically significant sites, 29 of which are in Missouri. The group included 10 additional Missouri sites they considered important.

Participants who visit and receive stamps for all the sites will receive a certificate of completion by Fry’s Lyon Foundation.

Missouri State Parks has eight sites included in the passport program: Battle of Athens State Historic Site, Battle of Carthage State Historic Site (stamp location is at Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum), Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site, Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site (stamp location is at Bates County Historical Society and Museum), Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Missouri State Museum, Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site and Battle of Belmont, in Mississippi County (the historical marker for this site is located near Towosahgy State Historic Site and the stamp location is Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site).

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.