Public invited to share ideas at an informational meeting regarding state historic sites

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Volume 37-358 For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- In an effort to ensure that the public has an opportunity to provide input regarding services in state parks and historic sites, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites you to bring your ideas to an informational meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15, at Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site in Laclede.

The meeting, which will also include discussion on Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the site's visitor contact point and is open to the public.

Representatives from the historic site will provide information on future plans for both facilities and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about the historic sites. The Pershing Park Memorial Association will be at the meeting to discuss future fundraising ideas to benefit Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site. A historical film on the Buffalo Soldier Bicycle Corps of the 25th Infantry from Fort Missoula, Mont., will be shown.

The Pershing Park Memorial Association has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Natural Resources to raise money to construct the Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives on the grounds of the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site. The construction of the museum will allow the site to display traveling exhibits from the General Pershing Collection now stored at the Smithsonian Institute.

The historic site's visitor contact point is located at 1100 Pershing Drive in Laclede. Persons requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the site directly at 660-963-2525 or by calling the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com

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