Reflections on Two Centuries of Missouri Statehood

With Gary R. Kremer and an introduction by Andrew Davidson
| 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | City Chambers

On August 10, 2021, Missouri commemorated its Bicentennial. In this program author and historian Gary R. Kremer will provide a reflective perspective on 200 years of Missouri statehood as he outlines some key themes throughout Missouri history. Themes include opposition, even hostility, toward the federal government; a commitment to low taxes and limited state government; the historical urban-rural divide in the state; the consequences of the transition from being a predominantly rural state to being a state where a majority of citizens live in urban areas; and about the centrality of race throughout Missouri history.

This program will be introduced by Andrew J. Davidson, Editor in Chief for University of Missouri Press.

Gary R. Kremer


Gary R. Kremer

Gary R. Kremer is the executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, a position he has held since 2004. Prior to that date, he taught history at Lincoln University and William Woods University for thirty years. He also served as the state archivist of Missouri from 1987-1991. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books on Missouri history, including, most recently, This Place of Promise: A Historian Reflects on 200 Years of Missouri History.
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