August 10, 2021, marks the two hundredth anniversary of Missouri’s entry as the 24th state to enter the United States. To honor the state's bicentennial, the My Missouri 2021 Photo Exhibit, a collection of photographs showcasing the geographic and cultural landscape of our state, is now touring the state of Missouri.

We have highlighted the exhibition photographs selected from Jefferson City with fun facts and history. However, with less than a year to go until our state’s two hundredth birthday, why not start celebrating now? 

This image by Steve Jett captures the Missouri State Capitol under renovation. The exterior construction began in March 2018 and is expected to be complete by November or December of 2020. During the renovation, Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture was removed from atop her perch after weathering decades of bad weather and lightning strikes since her installment in 1924. After a year of restoration work in Chicago, Ceres was placed back on the Capitol dome on December 5, 2019. 

This beautiful image was taken by Lloyd Gtojan near Binder Lake in Cole County. Binder Park is named after Fred C., Fred H., and Frederick Binder. Fred C. Binder established a trust fund in 1918 to build a park as a memorial to his father, himself, and his son. The property was purchased in 1965 from 11 owners and the Department of Conservation began construction of a 155-acre fishing lake in 1966. In addition to the beautiful lake, the Department of Conservation built and maintains a handicap accessible fishing pier and a boat ramp at Binder Park.

This image captured by Jerry Backes is of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, located in Frankenstein, MO. In 1999, Twentieth Century Fox parachuted 25 "flying Frankensteins" on the town's ballfield to promote the re-release of Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein." The town is the only one to boast its name in the entire United States. 

The Missouri State Capitol overlooking the Missouri River was photographed by Steven Strauch. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America, flowing 2,341 miles before entering the Mississippi River north of St. Louis, Missouri. 

Even though we have provided a snapshot of the images, we still highly encourage participants to stop by the exhibit and see all the beauty Missouri has to offer!

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