Missouri became the 24th state of the United States of America on August 10, 1821. In the two centuries since, Missouri has become an integral part of the nation, rich in geography, culture, and community.  Our state’s approaching bicentennial is a unique opportunity to commemorate its history. The Missouri Humanities Council’s bicentennial programming will be a three-year commemoration of the region, people, and 114 unique counties that make up Missouri. We aim to engage Missourians of all ages and visitors alike in educational programs, community activities, and fundraising initiatives that explore our state’s past and look towards its future.

Missouri Penny Drive

View participating Missouri Elementary Schools and learn how to get your school involved.

Missouri Bicentennial Alliance

Learn about the Bicentennial Alliance and public programming by its members.


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