News Release 172

Missouri State Parks hosts "Museum After Hours" at Missouri State Museum August 1

Volume 39-172 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri State Museum in the State Capitol will continue its “Museum after Hours” tours for August with a special program Aug. 1 on the tradition of making rye coiled baskets.

The Missouri State Museum’s “Museum after Hours” events are held the first Wednesday of each month when the museum galleries remain open from 5 to 9 p.m. For the Aug. 1 event, guest speaker Mike Yeomans will present a program on rye coiled baskets, a tradition brought by German immigrants who settled in early 19th century Missouri. These baskets were utilitarian in nature and used as storage containers, for raising bread, and even for bee keeping. While this craft is dying away because of modern methods, Yeomans continues to share this lost art. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum classroom, which is located in the History Hall (east wing).

The “after hours” opportunity is for those who have wondered what it would be like to visit the museum at night, or whose schedule doesn’t allow daytime outings. In addition to the special program, the event allows the public to view some of the regular exhibits like “Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing,” an exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Evening entry to the museum is through the carriage entrance on the south side of the building underneath the grand staircase.

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of the Missouri state park system, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For more information, contact the museum at 573-751-2854. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.