Henry County Museum
June 12, 2019 – July 24, 2019
203 West Franklin Street, Clinton, MO., 64735
Come view Struggle for Statehood: Missouri’s Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit at the Henry County Museum!
June 12, 2019 – July 24, 2019: History of Henry County companion exhibit. This exhibit focuses on the events that helped shape the Henry County Community. It will feature photos, objects, and articles within a timeline format to help visitors understand the similarities the county faced with the state while becoming established and highlight those things that make the county unique.
Speaker Series with local writers and historians:
Saturday, June 29, 2019: Dr. Samuel Cohen (an award-winning teacher and scholar of American literature at the University of Missouri, where he teaches twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature and culture and directs undergraduate studies) presenting The Missouri Crisis:
“The Missouri Crisis is the name that has been given to the turmoil the United States was thrown into by Missouri’s application for statehood. The tensions that emerged in that crisis existed not only in Missouri but across the nation, and their suppression and reemergence in the Civil War mark a pattern that continues today. Missouri history—from the Crisis early in the nineteenth century to the crisis in Ferguson early in the twenty-first century—is marked by these tensions, and those marks are visible in the literature of Missouri. Examining a range of works by Missouri writers, this talk will explore not only the history and literary history of the state but also the future of Missouri as a place to live in and write about.”
Saturday, July 13, 2019: Dr. Bryan Jack (associate professor of historical studies at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He is the the editor of Southern History on Screen: Race and Rights, 1976–2016 and The Saint Louis African American Community and the Exodusters), presenting The Gateway to the South: Understanding Missouri as a Southern State:
“Sitting near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, St. Louis proudly wears the title of “Gateway to the West,” a status displayed in the Gateway Arch, the city’s iconic landmark. Another landmark, The Old Courthouse (where the Dred Scott case was tried) speaks to St. Louis’s and Missouri’s history of slavery. Thus, we are reminded that a north-south axis along the Mississippi River, not just the relationship between east and west, also shaped St. Louis’s and Missouri’s history and identity. While Missouri is commonly recognized as midwestern, its historical identity is more complicated. The area of Little Dixie along the Missouri River, the conflict with Kansas on Missouri’s western border before and during the Civil War, a history of codified racial segregation, and even the University of Missouri’s recent inclusion in the Southeastern Conference all speak to the state’s identity as “the northernmost southern state.” Using examples from history and popular culture, historian Bryan Jack explores Missouri’s southern identity. The goal of the presentation is not to convince anyone that Missouri is “southern,” but to help people understand how its geography and culture occupies a unique place in American culture.”
Thursday, July 4, 2019 – Sunday, July 7, 2019: “Olde Glory Days” Festival. Clinton’s annual Fourth of July festival where the exhibit will be highlighted and open to festival goers to tour. Festival also features parade, local vendors, and live musical performances.
May, 2019 – June 21, 2019, July 6, 2019: Speech contest open to the public based on the theme of Making a County and Community: What Makes Henry County and its People Unique? Those who participate will submit video entries which will be set up to play throughout the exhibit and the winners will be invited to present their speeches at the museum on July 6, 2019.