Museum to explore Civil War in Missouri

Missouri State Museum curator Julie Kemper creates a display of a silk day dress, made in a style from the 1860's and likely to be worn by a wealthy woman. The museum staff has been working on the last in a series of research projects on the Civil War in Missouri.

Missouri State Museum curator Julie Kemper creates a display of a silk day dress, made in a style from the 1860's and likely to be worn by a wealthy woman. The museum staff has been working on the last in a series of research projects on the Civil War in Missouri. Photo by Julie Smith.

Unique holdings, such as Jesse James’ handkerchief, Cole Younger’s pistol, battle flags and wooden mortars, will be part of a four-year exhibit “Civil War in Missouri: A House Dividing,” which opens next week in Jefferson City.

A Family Day of events 1-4 p.m. Saturday will include period music, a discussion on secession, historians in period clothing, and a German Union Infantry drill re-enactment at the Missouri Capitol on the south lawn and in the Rotunda and history hall.

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The exhibit’s official ribbon-cutting will be at 9 a.m. May 10 — the anniversary of Camp Jackson, the first armed conflict in Missouri after Fort Sumter. On that day 150 years ago, pro-south militia attempted to take ....

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