Missouri Bicentennial Minutes Southeast Missouri had a key role in the road to Missouri statehood in 1817-1821. The events leading to statehood, and some of the events, people, and lifeways in the area may be unfamiliar to many modern-day Missourians. On this program, Bill Eddleman will share an event of 200 years ago and put it in the context of the Missouri Bicentennial with a Southeast Missouri focus.
Missouri Bicentennial Minutes

Missouri Bicentennial Minutes

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Southeast Missouri had a key role in the road to Missouri statehood in 1817-1821. The events leading to statehood, and some of the events, people, and lifeways in the area may be unfamiliar to many modern-day Missourians. On this program, Bill Eddleman will share an event of 200 years ago and put it in the context of the Missouri Bicentennial with a Southeast Missouri focus.

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MO Bicentennial Minutes: Missouri's Permanent Seat of Government Selected

Governor McNair signed the bill selecting the site of the new state capital on December 31, 1821. Missouri is the only state to have a capital founded solely for that purpose.

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Missouri's Permanent Seat of Government Selected

MO Bicentennial Minutes: The Celebration of Christmas in 1821

Imagine a Christmas with no Christmas tree, no Santa Claus, no Christmas stockings, no holiday cards, no gift exchanges, no poinsettias, and in some communities, little recognition of the day at all.

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Formation of Scott and St. Francois Counties

The General Assembly formed a number of counties in the year of statehood. Among these were two designated in December 1821 in southeast Missouri: St. Francois and Scott.

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Formation of Scott and St. Francois Counties

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Events Outside Missouri in 1821

The year 1821 was also an eventful year in world history. In the U. S., James Monroe began his second term as President. Spain sold and formally transferred Florida to the U. S. Russia proclaimed sovereignty over the northwestern part of North America, an area we know as Alaska.

MO Bicentennial Minutes: The Role of Women in Missouri at Statehood

The role of women in 1821 varied with ethnic and economic status. Women in French settlements held a dominant role in the family.

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Property in John Whittenburgh's Estate Inventory – Part 2

We continue our look at unfamiliar items in the estate of John Whittenburgh.

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Property in John Whittenburgh's Estate Inventory – Part 2

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Property in John Whittenburgh's Estate Inventory – Part I

Examining lists of property of deceased people provides windows to the past. The next two Bicentennial Minutes will examine the estate inventory of John Whittenburgh of Cape Girardeau County. Whittenburgh was a wealthy man who died in August 1821.

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Property in John Whittenburgh's Estate Inventory – Part I

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Livestock Husbandry 200 Years Ago in Missouri

Livestock are valuable for food, fiber, and economic security--even more so in 1821.

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Livestock Husbandry 200 Years Ago in Missouri

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Crop Farming in 1821

Most farms were subsistence-level at statehood. Larger farms were possible with either a large family or with the labor of the enslaved. Settlement followed valleys at first, or clustered in level or open uplands. Later settlers adapted to hill country by using small corn plots and open-range grazing.

MO Bicentennial Minutes: Crop Farming in 1821

Most farms were subsistence-level at statehood. Larger farms were possible with either a large family or with the labor of the enslaved. Settlement followed valleys at first, or clustered in level or open uplands. Later settlers adapted to hill country by using small corn plots and open-range grazing.