The Missouri State Museum will present the program "The Landing: History and Archaeology in Missouri's Capital City" as part of its Landing After Hours series at 7 p.m. Sept. 4.
Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the programs for this year have been moved to the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site due to ongoing repair work at the state Capitol.
Missouri State Parks archaeologist Rachel Campbell will discuss the history and archaeology of Jefferson Landing.
Three buildings on north Jefferson Street are all that remain of the former river port, parks officials said in a news release announcing the program.
After Jefferson City was selected as the new seat of Missouri government in 1826, the lower end of Jefferson Street became the central commercial and transportation district for the new city.
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Historians said The Landing businesses provided services associated with river transportation and the expanding state government. The buildings that remain today have seen use as hotels, residences, grocery stores, warehouses, tenements, telegraph offices and storage. Archaeological excavations surrounding the remaining buildings have occurred periodically since the 1970s. By using historical documents, photographs and the previous archaeological investigations, a more complete history of the landing and early Jefferson City has been able to be told.
Representatives from the museum will be on hand to provide information about the museum and to answer questions. The public is invited to share comments and ask questions about the museum and its operations.
The Missouri State Museum's After Hours events are the first Wednesday of each month. Doors to the Lohman Building will open at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. The program will take place in the first-floor classroom, accessed from the south entrance door. Parking is available in the lot next to the Lohman Building.
For more information, call the Missouri State Museum at 573-751-2854.