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The Civil War in Missouri

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About the Exhibit

The Traveling Exhibition was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee

Our New Traveling Exhibit Partnership: The Civil War in Missouri

The Missouri Humanities Council, in partnership with the Missouri History Museum, is proud to provide a special traveling exhibit developed by the Museum. The Civil War in Missouri traveling exhibit will be available to communities across Missouri in 2012–2015. This smaller, portable version of the Missouri History Museum's major Civil War exhibition by the same name will kick off in May 2012.

The Civil War in Missouri will feature three sections focusing on major aspects of the war in Missouri: slavery and its essential role in the origins and execution of the war; the issues of conflicting loyalties, interests, and beliefs among the state’s diverse population; and the nature and impact of the guerrilla warfare that occurred throughout much of the state during the war. The context for these themes will be provided through an interactive timeline that will depict specific battles and other events during the course of the war.

The traveling exhibit will have four stops in Missouri during 2012, including:

  • Kansas City, May 5–July 1, 2012, Kansas City Public Library
  • Kirksville, July 21–September 16, 2012, Kirksville Arts Center
  • Joplin, October 6–November 21, 2012, Joplin Museum Complex
  • Sedalia, December 22, 2012–February 17, 2013, Sedalia Chamber of Commerce
  • Mountain View,  March 19, 2013- May 5, 2013, Mountain View Public Library
  • Nevada, May 25, 2013- July 21, 2013, Bushwhaker Museum
  • Columbia, August 10, 2013-October 6, 2013, Daniel Boone Public Library
  • Cape Girardeau, October 26, 2013-December 22, 2013, Location TBD
  • Kingston, January 11, 2014-March 9, 2014, Caldwell County Area Business Assn.
  • Marshall, March 29, 2014-May 26, 2014, Missouri Valley College
  • Linn, June 14, 2014-August 10, 2014, Osage County Historical Society
  • Sullivan, August 30, 2014-October 26, 2014, Harney Mansion Foundation
  • Hannibal, November 15, 2014-January 11, 2015, Location TBD
  • Neosho, January 31, 2015-March 29, 2015, Longwell Gallery and Museum
  • Kearney, April 18, 2015- June 14, 2015, Jesse James Farm and Museum

The Missouri Humanities Council will offer assistance to each host site in developing a local element to augment the traveling exhibit. This is a key aspect of this program, as it hopefully will foster cooperation and collaboration among various organizations in each host community. Ideally, this should make the exhibition’s stories even more meaningful for the audiences in those communities, whereby the local stories are presented within the larger context that is provided by the History Museum’s exhibit.

Starting in December, organizations and communities that wish to host The Civil War in Missouri during 2013–2015 will be able to submit an application to the Missouri Humanities Council. For more information on this program, please contact Anna Marie Wingron, Community Outreach and Programs Director: voice 314-781-9660, 800-357-0909 or email or visit the Missouri Humanities Council website,