Thursday, May 21, 2009
I went with my daughter's fourth grade class to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. I've never been, so I was looking forward to it. My daughter is kind of into history as well, so she liked it also.
We got to visit the state House chamber. Maggie got to sit in the seat of a state rep (coincidentally, it was our rep). The kids got to ask questions and even vote on a few issues. She really enjoyed that.
Next on the the Governor's mansion down the street (ehh...Maggie was bored by it as well).
Back to the Capitol for a scavenger hunt at the museum there (fun but rushed for time). Then a tour of the Capitol, which included the highlight for me. We visited the mural painted by Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton, "A Social History of Missouri." I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide was a fount of information on the mural. It was quite controversial. he was commissioned and arranged to paint whatever he wanted. In the "History" he included settlers, slavery, politics, war, Huck and Jim, Jesse James and a panel on "Frankie and Johnnie." It was very powerful and made me proud that it was in our state capitol and that Benton was a Missourian. (I've seen some of his work on WWII at the State Historical Museum on the Mizzou campus).
Then it was on to the Supreme Court building for a brief visit to one of the original courtrooms. Kind of cool, quick tour through the library and out. Funny how kids are. The guide was talking about the various levels of the courts and began by talking about a hypothetical court case involving a car accident. She then took questions and the kids kept asking questions about the stupid hypothetical! (And she kept trying to answer the questions).
Good time spending the day with my daughter. Love to do it again without being on someone else's schedule.