“Museum After Hours” Features Campaign Materials from 1844

| November 3, 2012
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The monthly “Museum after Hours” program will take place this week in Jefferson City.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Missouri State Museum Director Linda Endersby:

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Endersby explained November’s program is a little different than usual.  “We’re combining it with the next rotation of artifacts in our ongoing Civil War Missouri exhibit,” said Endersby, “We’re bringing in a speaker who’s going to talk about pre-war campaigns, because we do have some campaign banners from the 1844 election that are going on display.”

The speaker will also discuss other campaign songs, stories, poems, and other means of persuasion.  That presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.  The museum is located in the Capitol Building in Jefferson City.  It will remain open until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday evening for the special program.

Press Release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri State Museum will continue its “Museum after Hours” program Nov. 7 with a special display associated with the next phase of the “Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing” exhibit. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.

Betty Winfield, Ph.D., will present a program called “1844 Presidential Campaign, Prelude to Secession.” The 1844 presidential campaign, as indicated by banners, songs, flyers and political newspapers, was a prelude to Missouri’s controversial entry into the Civil War. This phase of the exhibit features artifacts such as an 1884 presidential campaign banner for Henry Clay that was used in Lexington. The presentation will be followed by the “re-opening” of the exhibit with the new artifacts.

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. 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 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 mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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