Arts, Culture and History

Crossing Missouri on US 36

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This summer, the effort to make US Highway 36 in Missouri into a four-lane highway was completed.  Initially called the Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway, US Highway 36 originally spanned from New York City to San Francisco, Calif. Today, Missouri’s Highway 36 is not only noted as the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Highway, we are also dubbing it ... Read More »

Attend MO State Archives Program, “Driving Across Missouri: A Guide to I-70”

Drivers speeding across Missouri on I-70 might not know what they are missing, but authors Ted Cable and LuAnn Cadden do.  According to them, untold attractions right along the highway between St. Louis and Kansas City await travelers in Missouri.  Driving Across Missouri is packed with fun-filled information, stories, and trivia that helps travelers look beyond the passing blur to ... Read More »

Boonville Trek Takes You Back

This spring, I drove through Boonville and Cooper County guided by the Cooper County Gas Tank Tour brochure.  This brochure guides you on a tour of living history and leads you to historic destinations throughout the area. Not too far from Boonville is the small village of New Lebanon.  A church, a one-room schoolhouse and an old country store will ... Read More »

Inside the Walls at MSP

Visitors tour the Missouri State Penitentiary

The first weekend of March, 22 men and women walked through buildings filled with nearly two centuries of history. These individuals took part in this year’s first public tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary. Since then, more than 3,650 visitors have toured the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City; slightly more than 3,000 toured the prison in 2009. Interested individuals ... Read More »

Museums for sight, sound and feel

It has been pretty hot lately, luckily Missouri has great locations to inspire and keep you cool. I recently visited one of the finest art museums in the country, the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City. The Nelson is free and has art collections that can’t be matched. They have European, American Indian, Chinese, Japanese and American collections to name ... Read More »

What’s in the Boonslick?

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel around the Boonslick Area with Missouri Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner. The Boonslick Area is rich in  cultural heritage and history. From Civil War to African-American history, you can be sure to find it there.  Visiting the various towns and communities was like a step back in time. I ... Read More »

Ideas for State Employees to Enjoy the Truman Holiday Weekend

A three-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to take time to see Missouri. There are many fun events to attend this weekend, along with great new attractions around the state. Or, you may choose to take this opportunity to explore some place you have never been but always said you would like to see. Here are just a few ideas ... Read More »

Around Missouri This Weekend

It’s a little bit later than usual (blame it on a hectic week) but here’s a look at some of the events set for this weekend around Missouri. All of these events are posted on www.VisitMO.com if you’d like to find more information. Here’s what’s happening: Ansel Adams: Masterworks Exhibit, (today-June 27), Crisp Museum, Cape Girardeau: This exhibit features photographs ... Read More »

What to do, What to do …

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, look no farther than Missouri. From live music and shows to special exhibits and festivals, there’s more than enough to keep you busy. Some “this weekend only” events (along with a few events that begin this weekend and run for some time) taken from our events Calendar on www.VisitMO.com are listed ... Read More »

Missouri celebrates all things Irish

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2009, Rolla

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” George Bernard Shaw Over the years, there is no day that makes me think of family and good ... Read More »