BDHS Presents “Missouri: The Struggle for Statehood” on May 24

 The State of Missouri turns 200 years old in 2021, and The Boone Duden Historical Society is hosting the program, “Missouri: The Struggle for Statehood” by Dr. Gary McKiddy in May.

At the program, Dr. Gary McKiddy will discuss the issues facing citizens when they petitioned Congress to become a state. These issues put Missouri at the center of a national debate and, at one point, almost split the territory into multiple states.

Dr. Gary McKiddy is an educator with over 40 years experience teaching middle school through college in the U.S. and overseas. In St. Charles County, he taught at St. Charles West, St. Charles High, and at the St. Charles County Community College. He is a past president of the Missouri Council for History Education and the St. Charles County Historical Society. His recent activities include developing curriculum for the Missouri Bicentennial and for Black History Month.

The meeting and program will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 150 Defiance Road, Defiance, MO 63341. The presentation is free and open to the public, so please plan to attend. Masks are encouraged.

The Boone-Duden Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of historic sites, objects, and genealogical data in southern St. Charles County and southeastern Warren County. The museum and archives in New Melle are open the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 12:30-4:00 PM. For weekdays, evenings or Saturdays email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment. Admission is free. For more information, follow Boone-Duden Historical Society on Facebook, and visit  www.boone-duden.com.