In 1911 a special commission of art-minded Missourians hired some of the nation's leading painters and sculptors to decorate the new Missouri statehouse.
Historian Bob Priddy examines these artistic treasures as he discusses his book The Art of the Missouri Capitol on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Capitol, an iconic Midwestern structure, was built to replace the previous capitol building destroyed by fire. Voters approved a bond issue to pay for the construction, and the tax to pay the bonds produced a $1 million surplus, leaving a vast amount with which to decorate the new building.
The art created for the project was considered among the finest to adorn any state capitol. But today most people - even those who daily inhabit its marble halls - have little knowledge of the significance of the art and the history it portrays.
Priddy is news director at the Missourinet, a statewide commercial radio network based in Jefferson City. He has won numerous awards for his work in broadcast journalism and has authored several books about Missouri history, including The Art of the Missouri Capitol: History in Canvas, Bronze, and Stone (with Jeffrey Ball) and Only the Rivers Are Peaceful: Thomas Hart Benton's Missouri Mural.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.