News Release 200

Missouri State Parks hosts "Museum After Hours" Sept. 5 at the Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-200 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri State Museum in the State Capitol will continue its “Museum after Hours” tours during September with a special program Sept. 5 on the Battle of Island Mound.

The Missouri State Museum after hours events are held the first Wednesday of each month when the museum galleries remain open from 5 to 9 p.m. During the Sept. 5 event, there will be a special program on the Battle of Island Mound by Alison Dubbert, historian with Missouri State Parks. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum classroom, which is located in the History Hall in the west wing of the Capitol.

The program, “They Fought Like Tigers: The Battle of Island Mound,” details the first combat action by African-American soldiers during the Civil War. The skirmish at Island Mound in Bates County attracted nationwide attention. Dubbert will discuss the events leading up to the skirmish, including the recruiting of African-American soldiers, what happened in the skirmish, and the national significance of the skirmish.

The land associated with the skirmish at Island Mound will be dedicated Oct. 27 as Missouri’s newest state historic site. Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site, located southwest of Butler, will be dedicated at 11 a.m. with activities throughout the day. The 40-acre site includes interpretive displays, a short walking trail and a picnic area, and is being dedicated in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Island Mound.

“Museum after Hours” is an opportunity for those who have wondered what it is like to visit the museum at night or their schedule doesn’t allow daytime outings. In addition to the special exhibit and programs, 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 will be 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 mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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