Civil War in Missouri

The Civil War in Missouri is a joint effort of the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri History Museum to provide a special traveling exhibit developed by the Museum to communities across Missouri in 2012-2015. This traveling exhibit is a smaller, portable version of the Missouri History Museum’s major civil war exhibition by the same name, which was displayed in St. Louis Nov. 2011 – June 2013. The tour of the portable version kicked off in May of 2012.

The Civil War in Missouri features 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, which occurred throughout much of the state during the war. The context for these themes will be provided through an interactive timeline, which will depict specific battles and other events during the course of the war.

The traveling exhibit will be making sixteen stops in Missouri between 2012 and 2015. MHC and the Missouri History Museum will offer assistance to each host site in developing a local exhibit 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 help make the stories being told even more meaningful for the audiences in those communities, by creating a situation in which the local stories are presented within the larger context that is provided by the Missouri History Museum’s exhibit.

For more information on this program, please contact MHC Community Outreach and Programs Director Anna Wingron at 314-781-9660.

Civil War Stories

A photographer who captured the realities of war on the battlefield…
A cow that “fought” alongside the Union Army…
A secret map that led slaves to freedom…
A president who tried to reunite the nation with his words….

Come discover the STORY behind the HISTORY.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Missouri Humanities Council invites children and adults to experience the Civil War in Missouri through picture books and conversation.

Civil War Stories participants will:

  • Enjoy stories and discussion led by a professional storyteller.
  • Learn about the unique role of Missouri in the War Between the States.
    Receive children’s books to add to your home library or classroom.

Specially designed programs are available for:

  • Families (children ages 8-12 and their parents/guardians)
  • Elementary school classes
  • Teachers and librarians

Would you like to hear a story right now?
Listen to the story “Forgiven” by Ambrose Bierce or that of Jimmie V. Johnston, child solider of the Civil War by our professional storytellers.

Civil War Stories is perfect for libraries, schools or home-school groups to host and is free for participants. To request a program, please complete the application form below. There is a fee to host a program.

Request a Civil War Stories program »


The Civil War in Missouri: Local Exhibits

Kansas City: May 5 – July 1, 2012, Kansas City Public Library

Kirksville: July 21 – Sept. 16, 2012, Kirksville Arts Center

Joplin: Oct. 6 – Nov. 21, 2012, Joplin Museum Complex

Sedalia: Dec. 22, 2012 – Feb. 17, 2013, Sedalia Chamber of Commerce

Mountain View: March 9 – May 5, 2013, Mountain View Public Library

Nevada: May 25 – July 21, 2013, Bushwhaker Museum

Columbia: Aug. 10 – Oct. 6, 2013, Daniel Boone Public Library

Kansas City: Oct. 26 – Dec. 22, 2013, Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum

Kingston: Jan. 11 – March 9, 2014, Caldwell County Area Business Association

Marshall: March 29 – May 26, 2014, Missouri Valley College

Linn: June 14 – Aug. 10, 2014, Osage County Historical Society

Sullivan: Aug. 30 – Oct. 26, 2014, Harney Mansion Foundation

Farmington: Nov. 15, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015, City of Farmington Public Library

Springfield: Jan. 31 – March 29, 2015, Missouri State University Libraries

Kearney: April 18 – June 14, 2015, Jesse James Farm and Museum

Hannibal: July 4 – Sept. 5, 2015, Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum