Missouri Bicentennial

2021: Missouri Bicentennial

Trails Regional Library and the University of Central Missouri partnered to produce a virtual speaker series on the topic of the Missouri Bicentennial. The series of videos focuses on notable events from the last 200 years in Johnson and Lafayette Counties. Talks by guest speakers on a variety of subjects are common in public libraries, but adaptations have become necessary in the months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The list of topics in the series include the impact of World War I, Warrensburg and women’s suffrage, Blind Boone and indigenous cultures of the area, among others. The videos feature experts being interviewed by UCM Professor of History Jon Taylor and will be produced by students from the UCM Communication Department, led by Digital Media Production Coordinator, Joe Moore.

“This series will allow us to ensure that, despite the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be able to continue to provide engaging, thoughtful discussions on topics important to our patrons,” said Trails Regional Library Assistant Director, Kyle Constant. “The bicentennial is a subject of great interest and through the help of this grant and our partners at the University of Central Missouri, the experience of hosting an expert talk for our patrons is still possible.”

The grant is funded by The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and administered by the Missouri Humanities Council.

Read the article in MO Humanities, Winter 2020, about the project here.

View each video in the series by clicking the accordion tabs below.

Bicentennial Video Series