News Release 113

Prize-winning History Day student exhibit on rural electrification at the Missouri State Museum

Volume 39-113 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

During July 2013, the Missouri State Museum at the State Capitol will display the exhibit, “Turning on the Lights to Rural America,” which won the Missouri History Prize at the National History Day in Missouri contest in April. Greenville Junior High School student Beth Bangert, under the guidance of her teacher April Wilder, competed in the junior exhibit category. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the winning exhibit will be displayed in the museum’s History Hall in the east wing of the State Capitol Building.

The State Museum established the Missouri History Prize, which is awarded annually, to encourage students to research Missouri history for their projects. The theme for History Day 2013 was “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” Beth chose her topic, rural electrification based on her family connection to the Black River Electric Cooperative, a company formed in 1938, which still provides electricity to Southeast Missouri.

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of Missouri State Parks, 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.