Missouri explorers program expanded this Fall to commemorate the Bicentennial

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About 1,500 residents have registered to travel to various parts of the state as part of Missouri Explorers, an official bicentennial program to encourage families, individuals and small groups to travel the state, safely and participate in fun challenges to learn more about Missouri history and culture.

Participants in the Missouri Explorers program will receive a button after registering and list of challenges to earn additional buttons. The program asks participants to submit a photo of each stop in their challenge and share their photos on social media using the hashtag #moexplorers. 

There are 28 challenges in the program, including the African American Heritage, Boone’s Lick Road, Butterfield Trail, German Heritage Corridor, City of Fountains, Capitol City, Forest Park Adventure, Missouri Lakes, Missouri State Parks 21 for ‘21, Native American Heritage, French Colonial Heritage, Travel the Mother Road, Historic Gems of St. Louis,  Libraries in the Lou, Missouri Conservation, A Walk Through Time: Missouri Cemeteries, Winding down in Wine Country and the Way of American Genius exploring innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who helped shape American history, culture and life.  

“Throughout the year, we have added more challenges for folks to either travel across the state or explore a little closer to home and, hopefully, come away with a better understanding of Missouri’s diversity and unique cultural and historical places and people,” Coordinator of Missouri’s bicentennial Michael Sweeney said. 

Through November 2021, the Missouri Explorers Program is open to anyone who is interested in traveling and learning more about the geographic and cultural diversity of the state. 

The program is free, but registration is required to receive merit buttons. 

Guides to each challenge are listed on the missouri2021.org. Travelers will need to abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines for each location.

Missouri 2021 is a statewide initiative of the State Historical Society of Missouri to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities and people.

Residents can keep updated on all Missouri 2021 happenings at missouri2021.org and by following the bicentennial on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @missouri2021.