First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

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Located within a stone’s throw of the Missouri River and Katy Trail State Park, and in the heart of historic St. Charles, First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is the first seat of the state’s government. Its rough hewn timbers and dark wood floors whisper the tales of the state’s first legislature. Interpretive programs help visitors understand how the state’s government was formed and what life was like in the early 1800s. The state park system is composed of 88 parks and historic sites managed by the Dept. of Natural Resources for the benefit of all Missourians. This forum is for speech related to Missouri State Parks. The views, opinions and positions expressed by users providing comments on this page are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Missouri State Parks or any employee thereof.

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
05/15/2019

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

Hey Cardinals fans! Get these while they last!  $3.99 a pair. Stop by and check out the different styles.
05/09/2019

Hey Cardinals fans! Get these while they last! $3.99 a pair. Stop by and check out the different styles.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!  Did you know in John Miller's second term as Missouri's governor (1828), he encouraged ...
05/07/2019

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Did you know in John Miller's second term as Missouri's governor (1828), he encouraged the state general assembly to provide support for public education through use of funds generated by land sales. This would help lead to the establishment of the University of Missouri in 1839.

Good article about our territorial governors.
05/06/2019
Meet Missouri's First Governors • Missouri Life

Good article about our territorial governors.

It all began with the bargain of the century. A savvy deal negotiated between France and the United States more than two hundred years ago would set the stage for the first major challenge of this young nation in the New World.

This is considered one of the 50 core documents in American History. And it relates to statehood!
04/25/2019
Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise - Teaching American History

This is considered one of the 50 core documents in American History. And it relates to statehood!

Peoria, Illinois The repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the propriety of its restoration, constitute the subject of what I am about to say. As I desire to present my own connected view of this subject, my remarks will not be, specifically, an answer to Judge Douglas; yet, as I proceed, the main....

Still collecting!!
04/25/2019

Still collecting!!

Hello Friends!

We are excited to offer a makerspace this year at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site’s annual Historical Children’s Festival.

"To define a school makerspace by its purpose and simplest of terms, it is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects" Laura Flemming Worlds of Making

We are asking all of you to help us by bringing in materials. A lot of the things we need are probably in your trash or recycling bins right now! Just please clean/rinse it out before you drop it off.

Cardboard
Cereal boxes
Plastic tupperware / takeout trays
Corks
Paper towel/toilet paper rolls
Plastic water/soda bottles
Aluminum cans
Wood skewers
Lids from jars (pasta, salsa, etc)
Small milk cartons
Juice boxes

Items can be dropped off at the capitol’s interpretive center located at 200 S. Main St. from 10-4 any day of the week. We are accepting items until May 10. We could really use your help to create our makerspace!

Hello Friends!We are excited to offer a makerspace this year at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site’s...
04/14/2019

Hello Friends!

We are excited to offer a makerspace this year at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site’s annual Historical Children’s Festival.

"To define a school makerspace by its purpose and simplest of terms, it is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects" Laura Flemming Worlds of Making

We are asking all of you to help us by bringing in materials. A lot of the things we need are probably in your trash or recycling bins right now! Just please clean/rinse it out before you drop it off.

Cardboard
Cereal boxes
Plastic tupperware / takeout trays
Corks
Paper towel/toilet paper rolls
Plastic water/soda bottles
Aluminum cans
Wood skewers
Lids from jars (pasta, salsa, etc)
Small milk cartons
Juice boxes

Items can be dropped off at the capitol’s interpretive center located at 200 S. Main St. from 10-4 any day of the week. We are accepting items until May 10. We could really use your help to create our makerspace!

The Missouri River is getting high.
03/31/2019

The Missouri River is getting high.

Coming soon: Special Session Saturdays! This spring we will offer classes, craft days and demonstrations. Stay tuned!
02/21/2019

Coming soon: Special Session Saturdays! This spring we will offer classes, craft days and demonstrations. Stay tuned!

Missouri State Parks
02/11/2019

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What do you think? Will the groundhog be right and spring is just around the corner or do we have much more winter in store for us? Like if you think the groundhog is right. Share if you think we are in store for more winter.

02/07/2019
Missouri State Parks

Where will you be?

It is almost that special day of the year you have been waiting for! March 1! Opening Day of Trout Season. MoStateParks wants to know where you will be!

01/22/2019

2 of our chickens have gone missing. Just in the last hour or so. If you see two chickens, or evidence that perhaps a predator got them, please call Vikki at 636-940-3322. One is a red and the other is black and white speckled. Just in case a ton of chickens have taken off. :{

Hope you had a good, snowy weekend too! Site reopens tomorrow, Tuesday, January 15th!
01/14/2019

Hope you had a good, snowy weekend too! Site reopens tomorrow, Tuesday, January 15th!

01/12/2019

We are closed today due to the snow and ice. Stay safe and warm!

In 1826 our 4th governor, Governor John Miller was asked to draw on his previous military experience and help locate a r...
12/20/2018

In 1826 our 4th governor, Governor John Miller was asked to draw on his previous military experience and help locate a replacement for Fort Bellefontaine. After several days of searching the banks of the Mississippi River, Miller, General Edmund P. Gaines (Commander of the Western Department of the Army), Brig. General Henry Atkinson (commanding officer of the sixth infantry regiment), and explorer William Clark selected a site near the city of "Vide Poche" or Carondelet, ten miles (16 km) south of St. Louis. At first named Cantonment Miller in honor of the Governor, the name was changed in October 1826 to Jefferson Barracks.

12/16/2018

WHAT?? All Katy Bike Jerseys in stock are now $35.00!!! Come and the cyclist in your life a great gift!!

As a part of Christmas Traditions, we are hosting story telling on Wednesday and Friday evenings.  Stop by for a break!
11/27/2018

As a part of Christmas Traditions, we are hosting story telling on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Stop by for a break!

Come by today for a FREE TOUR!!  Today only!
11/23/2018

Come by today for a FREE TOUR!! Today only!

Take a break from the lines during Black Friday to come to Missouri State Parks and #OptOutside. You don’t want to miss our deals! Catch a free historic site tour Friday, Nov. 23. But wait! There’s more. Anyone camping with us Black Friday night, Nov. 23, will receive a camping coupon for a free night of camping for the same site type. How can you pass this up? Make some lasting memories this Black Friday. #OptOutside

A huge THANK YOU, to Girl Scout Troops 3141 and 4950.  They made a picnic table for our site as part of a memorial for t...
11/11/2018

A huge THANK YOU, to Girl Scout Troops 3141 and 4950. They made a picnic table for our site as part of a memorial for the Girl Scouts of Troop 3055 who were killed while doing community service in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin this past week.

We also met a friend who had been a girl scout 60+ years ago. She joined us for s'mores, sang in the friendship circle and shared memories.

Our thoughts and hugs are with you, #Troop3055.

Legends and Lanterns has been so much fun.  Thanks to the Jasmine whose fraternity, Lindenwood University, Delta Sigma P...
10/28/2018

Legends and Lanterns has been so much fun. Thanks to the Jasmine whose fraternity, Lindenwood University, Delta Sigma Pi, Sigma Psi Chapter, volunteered to carve the bulk of our jack o lanterns for the Pumpkin Glow this weekend. Thanks also Sara, Sue, Mike from our staff who carved some as well!! They were fabulous. Lots of pictures taken. You guys are rock stars!

Have you seen our incredible scarecrow the staff made?  It is in scarecrow glen at the Legends and Lanterns event  this ...
10/25/2018

Have you seen our incredible scarecrow the staff made? It is in scarecrow glen at the Legends and Lanterns event this weekend! vote for us!

Check out our sweet scarecrow in the Legends and Lantern's Scarecrow Glen!
10/21/2018

Check out our sweet scarecrow in the Legends and Lantern's Scarecrow Glen!

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
09/10/2018

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

08/27/2018

Did you know that in 2021, Missouri will be 200 years old? Did you know that Missouri's petition for statehood started a nationwide controversy? Follow the Missouri Controversy (1819-1821) on twitter @MO_Crisis200. They are "live-tweeting" Missouri's struggle for statehood. (which began here at our site!!)

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
07/26/2018

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

Any ideas for celebrating the bicentennial at Missouri's First State Capitol State Historic Site??
07/03/2018
Missouri 2021

Any ideas for celebrating the bicentennial at Missouri's First State Capitol State Historic Site??

Missouri will celebrate 200 years of statehood in 2021. Join us in celebrating of Missouri’s rich history and culture during the Missouri Bicentennial. #Missouri2021 #Missouri200

Yesterday, we held a public meeting and combined open house at the historic site. Today I would like to ask our Facebook...
05/20/2018

Yesterday, we held a public meeting and combined open house at the historic site. Today I would like to ask our Facebook community if they would like to comment on our programs, site, operations or ask questions relating to the First Missouri State Capitol SHS, Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones - Confluence State Park and/or the eastern section of the Katy Trail State Park. Your ideas, opinions and thoughts are so important to us.

Input from the public is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create two-way communication with the public. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or historic site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities.

For more information about the open house or about other events at the park, call 636-940-3322. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Today is our Children's Festival!!  Entertainment includes Dennis Stroughmat (11:00) and the Buckhannon Brothers (1 & 2)...
05/19/2018

Today is our Children's Festival!! Entertainment includes Dennis Stroughmat (11:00) and the Buckhannon Brothers (1 & 2) Also storytelling, Dance Discovery, the St. Charles Fife and Drum Corp and more!!

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
03/11/2018

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

We've made some changes in our interpretive center gift shop. There will be even more in the coming months...
02/01/2018

We've made some changes in our interpretive center gift shop. There will be even more in the coming months...

We found these photos behind our gift shop counter while doing some remodeling. Its been a few years since those boats r...
02/01/2018

We found these photos behind our gift shop counter while doing some remodeling. Its been a few years since those boats ran on the Missouri.

01/02/2018

You know its cold out when there is this much ice on the Missouri River!

12/24/2017

Remember St. Charles' Christmas Traditions wraps up today from 11-2. Come and visit us while you enjoy a White Christmas EVE!!

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
12/22/2017

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
12/22/2017

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

The McNair rifle! This photo was taken in the 1920's. Its a Pennsylvania Style American Long Rifle owned by the First Go...
12/05/2017

The McNair rifle!
This photo was taken in the 1920's. Its a Pennsylvania Style American Long Rifle owned by the First Governor in the State of Missouri. Exploring history through artifacts like this is one of the many wonderful activities people can do at Missouri's State Parks and Historic Sites.

11/20/2017
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
10/31/2017

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

10/29/2017
Festival of the Little Hills is in full swing. Come on down.
08/19/2017

Festival of the Little Hills is in full swing. Come on down.

Please be advised and check all glasses and viewers regardless of where they came from.
08/18/2017

Please be advised and check all glasses and viewers regardless of where they came from.

In light of the upcoming eclipse . . .
08/18/2017

In light of the upcoming eclipse . . .

08/15/2017

We will have normal hours of operation this coming weekend. With the Festival of the Little Hills, parking may be a challenge so plan accordingly. Also, we have a St. Charles History Talk this Thursday evening on the Boone's Lick Trail. Come on by the site!

Address

200 S Main St
St. Charles, MO
63301

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(636) 940-3322

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