The Secretary of State’s office is sponsoring a program about the Civil War in 2014.  The Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City will host a 40-minute interactive theatrical program called “Civil War Archives Alive!”, which shows students what life was like for Missourians during the 1860s and how the bloodiest war in American history affected citizens and soldiers on both sides. The show will be presented by the education performance group Second Chance Foundation.

After the show, students can tour the Missouri State Archives, where all of Missouri’s surviving historical documents are kept.

Performances and tours are free of charge and any fourth or fifth grade class in Missouri is invited to attend. The program will take place on the following dates at the Missouri Archives in Jefferson City, with performances scheduled each day at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.:

–          Thursday, March 13, 2014
–          Thursday, March 20, 2014
–          Thursday, April 3, 2014
–          Wednesday, April 9, 2014
–          Wednesday, April 23, 2014
–          Tuesday, May 6, 2014
–          Tuesday, May 13, 2014
–          Thursday, May 15, 2014

Missouri has a unique past, especially during the Civil War, when guerrilla fighters like “Bloody Bill” Anderson fought “Jayhawks” up and down the Kansas/Missouri border (a legacy that lasts to this day, as seen in the famous rivalry between MU and KU), and outlaws like Jesse James became folk heroes.

The program requires a reservation. To RSVP, or for more information, contact the Secretary of State’s office at (573) 526-5296 or email Emily.luker@sos.mo.gov.

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