Fry’s Lyon Foundation, Inc., is an IRS 501 (c) (3) Tax Exempt Private Operating Foundation with three sub-elements focused on educating the general public on the role Missouri played in the American Civil War.
The first sub-element is this Civil War Missouri Passport Book, released in 2019 to encourage Civil War tourism in Missouri and support those working to make information about Missouri’s involvement in that conflict available to the public.
The second sub-element is Fry’s Lyon Project’s uncoming twenty-five volume series of books titled, 1861 Missouri Speaks: Rebooting History, intended to be Missouri’s most extensive repository of consolidated primary source documents available for the study of Missouri’s political and military situation during the run-up to and the first year of the Civil War. These books are organized to interest the layman while still being useful to every category of researcher; they contain summaries, explanatory notes, and a large number of pictures and maps to make them user-friendly.
Third, is a website that supports the books, 1861MissouriSpeaks.com, which, along with fryslyonproject.com, has many additional documents not found in the books. Both the volumes and the websites are scheduled to be made available to the public in 2021.