February 19, 2009
Society to hold Map Day at State Capitol
The political, social, and geographic history of Missouri will be displayed on February 25 as The State Historical Society of Missouri and Western Historical Manuscript Collection host Map Day in Missouri from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Third Floor Rotunda at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. More than 15 maps visually detailing Missouri’s history will be on exhibit, including a Civil War Battle of Springfield map and one of the earliest maps devoted solely to the state after it joined the Union.
Map Day in Missouri is a special occasion for legislators to view a sample of the state’s cartographic history while offering constituents the chance to discuss with lawmakers the caretaking of that history. Representative Chris Kelly, District 24, will introduce a resolution in the House to open the exhibit and proclaim February 25, 2009, as “Map Day in Missouri” to create this opportunity for conversation and observance.
State Historical Society trustees, members, and staff will be available to discuss the maps in the exhibit and explain the Society’s work promoting greater understanding and appreciation of our cultural heritage. Preserved documents and artworks are not just for scholars and historians; they are resources to be used and enjoyed by schoolchildren, genealogists, private citizens, and public servants—all those with an interest in our shared past.
Map Day in Missouri is free and open to the public.
posted @ 3:54 PM
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