Ashcroft Announces Program on Historic Missouri Roadsides

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft Monday announced a Thursday Evening Speaker Series program exploring Missouri’s historic roadsides.  The program will be held in the Interpretive Center of the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, the location of the Secretary of State’s State Archives, on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at 7 p.m.

In his latest book, Historic Missouri Roadsides, Second Edition, author and executive director of the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, Bill Hart, offers all the history, recommendations and itineraries you need for a picturesque trip down one of Missouri’s quaint two-lane roads or scenic highways.  Whether you are a first-time visitor or an area local, Hart’s descriptions, photographs and illustrations will make you want to check out tours like Route 79 along the Mississippi River, El Camino Real leading down to the Missouri Bootheel or Route 24 spanning the width of the state from Kansas City to West Quincy.  Along the way, he identifies locally owned businesses, restaurants and lodging with character and a hometown feel.  Join us as Bill Hart takes the wheel to showcase the very best that small town Missouri has to offer.

The State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City.  All Archives programs are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.