Civil War hands-on history exhibit to open in the Missouri State Museum

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Volume 37-325 For immediate release: Sept. 10, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO.  -- Attend the opening of a new hands-on activity area related to the Civil War inside the Missouri State Museum on Saturday, Sept. 19. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resource, the exhibit opening event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the History Hall on the first floor of the State Capitol.

The new area will allow you to learn about the experiences of Missourians during the Civil War. You can try on 19th century clothing, design a flag and learn about the equipment soldiers carried during the war. These activities will be available on a daily basis during regular museum hours.

During the exhibit opening event only, you also will be able to experience the skills and teamwork needed to be in the artillery by loading and shooting soft foam projectiles from a mock cannon and in the infantry by marching and drilling. Although these activities are particularly fun for kids, adults and anyone with an interest in the Civil War are encouraged to participate.

This exhibit and event are part of an ongoing effort to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Missouri's role in the Civil War. This is the second part of a three-phase exhibit renovation that will be completed in May of 2011. The first phase was the installation of the cannon/camp life diorama in the History Hall. 

The Missouri State Museum is located on the first floor of the Capitol building at 201 West Capitol Avenue.  The museum is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

For more information, contact the Missouri State Museum office at 573-751-2854 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at