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Friday, January 22, 2010

WALL STREET AND MAIN STREET

The State Historical Society of Missouri and Western Historical Manuscript Collection will hold the second annual Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City, January 26, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the third floor of the Capitol Rotunda. The artistry and social commentary of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Daniel Fitzpatrick will be on display in “Wall Street and Main Street: the Economic Crisis of the 1930s." The exhibit demonstrates Fitzpatrick’s talents and the continued relevance of his work, after seventy-five years, in documenting the political, economic, and social milestones of the depression era. His drawings comment on the policies of Herbert Hoover, the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the New Deal, and additional issues from the period. Viewers can draw many parallels with the current economic crisis as they ponder the bold drawings, poignant images, and wry wit of “Fitz.” The exhibit also includes photos, diary entries, newspaper articles and letters to reveal how Missourians weathered this difficult period in history.

Visitors will also see original copies of the Canton, Missouri, newspaper, Canton Press (July 21, 1864-July 13, 1865), which include issues dealing with the assassination of President Lincoln.

State Historical Society staff will be available to discuss the exhibit and explain the Society’s work promoting greater understanding and appreciation of our cultural heritage. Preserved documents and artworks are not just for scholars and historians; they are resources to be used and enjoyed by schoolchildren, genealogists, private citizens, and public servants—all those with an interest in our shared past.

About The State Historical Society of Missouri:

Founded in 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and a trustee of the state since 1899, the Society is the preeminent research facility for the study of the Show Me State’s heritage and a leader in programming designed to share that heritage with the public. The Society not only brings Missouri history to the state’s citizens, but also gives Missourians the tools to uncover the history in their own lives.

NOTE: Please note their $75 Challenge. Their budget has been drastically cut, and they need your help!

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