News Release 374

Civil War Activity Day planned Nov. 12 at Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-374 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., NOV. 7, 2011 – A Civil War Activity Day and unveiling of new Civil War artifacts will occur Nov. 12 at the Missouri State Museum in the Capitol in Jefferson City. A variety of activities, including historical re-enactors and interpretive programs, will be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. Activities are free and open to the public and will be held in the rotunda on the first floor of the Capitol and the south lawn of the Capitol grounds.

On the south lawn of the Capitol grounds, the Missouri Irish Brigade of Civil War Re-enactors will perform a re-enactment of an infantry drill at 2 and 3 p.m. The group will have ongoing programs on “Touching History,” the life of the Civil War soldier, the school of the soldier, and other topics where visitors can learn to drill, “touch” history and discover what life was like during the time of the Civil War.

Museum staff will present an interpretive program on Civil War artillery, "Ready, Aim, Fire," at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. They will also have programs on fashion of the 1860s and other topics.

Visitors will also get the first view of new artifacts that will be unveiled in the "Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing" exhibit in the museum's History Hall. The new artifacts on display will include Civil War battle flags. This exhibit will be on display through June 2015 and will feature different artifacts every six months. The exhibit, which focuses on the stories of individual Missourians during the Civil War, commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

The Capitol is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Missouri State Museum is part of the Missouri state park system. For more information, contact the museum office at 573-751-2854 (or 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