News Release 160

Summer entertainment planned for Fort Davidson State Historic Site

Volume 39-160 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MAY 23, 2011 – Enjoy the summer with a series of Thursday evening lectures and music at Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob. The lectures will feature topics of general and Civil War interest and will begin at 7 p.m. They are free and open to the public. The schedule of history talks is as follows:

* Thursday, June 2 - "The Shoestring Band." Performance by a group of state park employees on guitar, hammered dulcimer, banjo and other instruments.

* Thursday, June 9 – "Colonel/Governor Thomas Fletcher” Author Gary Scheel (“Rain, Mud and Swamps” and “66 Miles in 39 Hours”) will present the story of Thomas Fletcher, the Union's second in commander at Pilot Knob and 1864 candidate for Missouri Governor.

* Thursday, June 16 – “Political Cartoons of the Civil War" Robert Schultz, the author and editor of several Civil War books and most recently editing “Army Life” and “Sterling Price and the Confederacy,” will present highlights from his recently published book on political cartoons.

* Thursday, June 23 – "Civil War Money and Stamps" Collector Tom Grimminger talks about his passion: collecting money and stamps from the Civil War.

* Thursday, June 30 – To the Batcave! Brad Pendley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stationed at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Missouri, will cover the importance of bats to humans and the endangered bats of Pilot Knob Mountain.

* Thursday, July 7 – "Pass Da Cornbread N Taters" It's time once again for a musical interlude with Matt Shomaker as he discusses and performs old minstrel songs on his banjo and guitar.

* Thursday, July 14 – "Controversial Custer" Father Vincent Heier, a Custer aficionado and author of several articles and books about Gen. George Custer, talks about the other tumultuous times in his life, probably including Little Big Horn.

Fort Davidson State Historic Site is located on Highway 221 in Pilot Knob. For more information about the programs, contact the site at 573-546-3454 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit