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Program Endorsed by Missouri 2021 Bicentennial Alliance
Welcome to the Missouri Civil War Passport Program! We hope you will find this program both fun and educational. See the Missouri map below showing all of the sites participating in this program (Note: The Westport Visitor Center is no longer participating). We hope you take the time to enjoy more than just the Civil War sites as you travel the beautiful “Show-me State.”
Currently, there is no statewide organized effort to preserve Missouri Civil War heritage, arguably the most interesting of all the states; and a case can be made for the fact that Missouri suffered more from that war than any other state. Even so, that history has almost been forgotten, and many do not even realize that Missouri played a major role in the first year of the war. One major hurdle is some of the sites that are still open to the public are currently “on life support” and in danger of closing.
During the time we have been working on this book, we have watched one civil war museum close, and were told by one historical society they could not afford to participate because of the stamp cost; luckily the Chamber of Commerce came through and that town now has a stamp site. Considering the U.S. Department of Interior feels both of those battle sites are significant and worthy of preserving, the demise of one and the poor condition of the other are to be lamented. It is the goal of this Foundation to reverse that trend.
We are working to keep the Civil War history of Missouri alive for future generations, so they can learn what happened during that war and appreciate the sacrifices of those who suffered through it. Hopefully, the interest demonstrated by passport participants will encourage site managers to apply for federal funds for the preservation and improvement of their sites for the benefit of future generations.
Please take a moment to thank the volunteers at the different sites for their work at preserving Missouri Civil War history. Through their efforts, we learn of the turmoil across the state and hardships endured by many. Please, also consider volunteering with your local historical society, museum, or historical site.
Meet Our Team:
Col. Jerry R. Fry (USA, Ret.): Editor
Jackie Worth: Passport Program Coordinator, Cartographer, Website Manager
Blanca Madani: Copy Editor
Mel Gilbert: Public Relations
How the Sites Were Chosen
In 1990, Congress established the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission to identify Civil War battle sites deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. After evaluating some 10,500 conflict sites, the Commission identified 384 battlefields as historically significant. Twenty-nine (29) of the sites selected are in Missouri.
This book is a visitor’s guide for the historically significant Missouri sites and others selected by the Trustees of Fry’s Lyon Foundation, Inc., an educational foundation dedicated to promoting the study of Missouri’s Civil War history and increasing Civil War-related tourism in Missouri (see Fry’s Lyon Foundation).
By visiting all of the sites in this book and receiving a visit stamp from each, participants qualify for a Certificate of Completion. Mr. Chris Winchell was the first person to visit all of the sites and receive a certificate. His certificate, shown below, is signed by Missouri’s Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Col. Jerry R. Fry (USA – Ret.), the founder of Fry’s Lyon Foundation, Inc.
Goals and Limitations
This book was published to make the public aware of Civil War tourist sites available in Missouri and to allow the separate sites to provide tourists the information needed to visit their sites. The information was accurate on the initial date of publication; however, all information is subject to change. Users of this book must confirm the information in this book is still accurate before attempting to visit any site to avoid disappointment.
The educational website supporting this book (mo-passport.org) has an enlarged copy of this book for user reference. However, this web site will not maintain up-to-date information for the separate sites; that can only be found on their websites or social media pages.
The publisher assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided by the separate sites, what is found at the separate sites, or what occurs at the separate sites. For a detailed disclaimer concerning the information in this book, visit: https://mo-passport.org/disclaimer.