July, sweet July! My favorite month is here, and I am making the most of every minute. Today? Well, the dog is at the groomer, I’ve been to the dentist, revised and uploaded my animal research writing unit, and now I’m writing this here blog post. Yeah, that’s my idea of vacay – staying busy. Not that I don’t relax and do purely fun activities – there’s plenty of that going on, too. I know I need to take this opportunity and “recharge my batteries” before another school year (#21!) begins. One of the many ways I do that is going on quick day-trips with my mom to local historical sites. First up – Missouri’s first state capitol!
First Missouri State Capitol
So if you live in Missouri, then you know that our state capital and capitol (one’s the city, the other is the building where the legislature meets) is in centrally located Jefferson City. The city was named after our third president because he authorized the Louisiana Purchase, which led to the acquisition of the land forming many states including good ol’ MO. What you might not know is that our first capitol was in St. Charles right on the banks of the Missouri River. While the original building didn’t survive the passage of time, historians and archaeologists have conducted research and digs to recreate what it would have looked like back in the day.
Missouri History Museum
Next stop – Missouri History Museum. What a cool place! First, it’s located in the very awesome Forest Park. Second, it’s free to get in! Third, the ultra-hip Bixby’s restaurant is on the second floor. Our table was next to a glass wall that overlooked the park – great view, great food (although a bit pricey), and great service. Once we had polished off our desserts, we headed downstairs to tour an exhibit about…fashion! That’s right – Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night (get it?) was about the evolution of women wearing black dresses. Not what you might expect at a history museum, but it was interesting to view the gowns and dresses from local women on display. We didn’t have time to tour the other free exhibits, but I did get this quick snap of President Jefferson!
More Field Trips Planned
More Friday Field Trips are planned, and I will be sharing my travels with you this month. For now, though, I have some fresh strawberries I need to cut up (for this delish recipe!), and then it will be time to go pick up my sweet-smelling pooch. We’ll both be happy to be reunited! I hope you are enjoying your summer break in whatever way works best for you!
Need some resources to teach your students about how Missouri became a state? Check out these options –
- Missouri Statehood | The Missouri Compromise of 1820
- Missouri Heritage Project Resource Page
- Missouri History Pinterest Board