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2021: Missouri Bicentennial

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2021: Missouri Bicentennial

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Throughout 2021, Mid-Continent Public Library is commemorating the 200th anniversary of Missouri. Through virtual programs, curated book lists and online resources, we challenge you to learn more about the Show Me State. From now through August 2021, please visit this page for updates on new ways to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime year in Missouri’s history.

All you need is an Access Pass (Library card) to use any of these free resources. Sign up today!

Access Art

Access Art

Join us for daily virtual arts projects and discussions, some with Missouri themes.

State of Stories: Missouri Bicentennial

State of Stories: Missouri Bicentennial

The Story Center has partnered with the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program to offer a series of programs commemorating the Missouri Bicentennial.

Show Me Poetry

Show Me Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a collection of verse from Missouri poets.

State of Missouri Bicentennial

State of Missouri Bicentennial

Learn more about Missouri's celebrations on the state's official website.

Resources on Missouri History

American History

American History

Discover Missouri's rich history as the frontier gateway to the West.

American National Biography

American National Biography

Learn about noteworthy Missouri natives including Harry S. Truman, Maya Angelou, Walter Cronkite, Mark Twain, and more.

Civil War Era

Civil War Era

Find out more about Missouri's role as a Border State.

U.S. History

U.S. History

Explore Missouri's past through historical documents, articles, maps, videos and timelines.

Resources on Missouri Culture

Access Video on Demand

Access Video on Demand

Watch videos about historical figures from Missouri including Thomas Hart Benton, Mark Twain, Walt Disney, and more.

American Music

Explore and listen to music from America’s past.
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Jazz Music Library

Listen to artists, albums, and various styles of jazz.
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Resources for Kids

Just for Kids Access Video

Just for Kids Access Video

Learn about Lewis and Clark's expedition through Missouri to the west.

CultureGrams

CultureGrams

Learn fun facts about the 24th state and what makes it unique.

TrueFlix

TrueFlix

Explore the section called "My United States" to read more about Missouri and the Gateway Arch.

Events & Programs

Upcoming Events

A People’s History of Kansas City

A People’s History of Kansas City

KCUR 89.3 and MCPL present A People’s History of Kansas City that tells stories about the people who have shaped the Kansas City region.

History can be a few decades old or centuries ago, and the stories will come to life as we meet people along the way whose lives intersect with the past of this place. Every episode will provide context for Kansas City as it is today.

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