Interpretive Programs

at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

woman in period attire weaving with a spinning wheelState park and historic site day-use areas, lodging, campgrounds, boat ramps and trails continue to operate under normal off-season hours. Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff, including the closure of visitor centers, nature centers, offices and museums. The latest information from Missouri State Parks on COVID-19 can be found here. A full list of temporary closures can be found here.

At the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, you can learn hands-on about early Missouri history. Learn basket weaving, butter churning or rope making from the talented staff, or take a tour and learn about Missouri’s early statehood. Tours happen every day on the hour, and group tour rates are available. Click on the links on the right for some resources for teachers.

children in period attire playing in strawYouth Programs

Light their love of history on fire. Scout programs are available either for your troop or on one of the site’s Scout Days. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn part of their badges while learning their Missouri history. They can even see a black powder rifle fired. The site also offers a Paddle Wheels and Wagon Wheels Patch Program with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Council.

Special Events

Special events happen throughout the year. Celebrate everything about Missouri from 19th century play to Missouri’s complex vie for statehood. Check this website periodically to see upcoming events. Many are free!

woman in period attire embroidering in front of a group of people The Holidays

Christmas Traditions is a big part of the holidays on Historic Main Street. The historic site offers candlelit tours, a holiday concert and a reading of the 1823 classic “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” These provide you with a historical glimpse into holidays past and a break from the bustle of shopping on Main Street.