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News Release 104

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2014 Volume 42-14-104 

Jefferson Landing State Historic Site celebrates the 175th Birthday of the Lohman Building with 1850s-style picnic

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri State Museum will host a picnic at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site on Saturday, June 21, to celebrate 175 years for the Lohman Building in Jefferson City. “Lohman’s Landing,” which was built in 1839, is one of the oldest buildings in Jefferson City.

The picnic will begin with live music and dancing from the Loehnig German Band and Dancers at 10 a.m. Other activities during the day include blacksmithing and rope-making demonstrations, and 1850s era games and potato sack races on the south lawn of the Lohman Building. Guests are invited to bring their picnic baskets and have a lunchtime picnic on the south side of the Union Hotel just across Jefferson Street.

Since no birthday celebration would be complete without a cake, there will be an old-fashioned cake contest that would have been popular at 1850s-era picnics. The celebration will also showcase the interactive 1850s-era general store and warehouse housed on the ground floor of the Lohman Building, which now includes retail items for sale. The retail area includes heirloom seeds as well as hand-made, Missouri-made items for sale.

This event will also include an informational meeting for the Missouri State Museum and Jefferson Landing State Historic Site. The open-house style meeting will start at 10 a.m., and museum staff will be on hand to discuss the accomplishments and future plans for the museum and site throughout the event. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

The Missouri State Museum is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. Jefferson Landing is administered by the Missouri State Museum and is located at 100 Jefferson Street. For more information about the event, call the Missouri State Museum at 573-751-2854. For more 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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Celebrating 40 years of taking care of Missouri’s natural resources. To learn more visit www.dnr.mo.gov.