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Virtual program series kicks off countdown to Missouri’s bicentennial

Missouri 2021 is rolling out a new virtual program series that focuses on the programs and events happening in Missouri to commemorate the state’s 200th bicentennial of statehood.

Leading up to the Aug. 10, 2021, anniversary day of statehood, Missouri 2021 invites the public to take part in live programming on Zoom at 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month through July 2021. Each month will feature a different subject with guests from the more than 100 local, regional and statewide projects and events. The program will include stories about Kansas City, St. Louis and locations in between.

“There are many exciting projects and events already being planned next year, along with new projects that will soon be announced,” said Michael Sweeney, coordinator of Missouri 2021 “It’s a wonderful way for Missourians to come together to showcase the vast geographic and cultural diversity of the state while celebrating the similarities that bring us together.”

The mission of Missouri 2021 is to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities and people, both past and present. The Missouri Bicentennial provides opportunities for citizens to celebrate, explore, and share perspectives on the state’s rich history and culture.

Local, regional, and statewide organizations and government agencies have developed a variety of projects and programs to commemorate the Missouri Bicentennial. Projects fall along three lines: community engagement projects’ statewide opportunities to learn about the history, life, and culture of Missouri; and local and regional commemorative projects.

Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton has volunteered to create a large quilt that celebrates the event, and Missouri’s PBS stations are currently working on a documentary, that will be finished in time for the bicentennial.

A special prize giveaway of Missouri bicentennial promotional items will be given out to persons who register for the free, virtual program. To register for Missouri 2021 Presents: First Tuesdays at 11 a.m. visit the website HERE.  Registration is required. For more information on Missouri’s bicentennial, visit missouri2021.org.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice