Missouri entered the Union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821, and will celebrate 200 years of statehood on August 10, 2021. In 1836, the U.S. government acquired a portion of land from area Indian tribes which added 3,149 square miles of land to the State of Missouri; Holt County was included in what is now known as the Platte Purchase.

A State Bicentennial Committee is working to commemorate the history of the State of Missouri by endorsing state-wide and local projects to ensure that all Missourians are aware of the rich history of our state and to build pride in the Show-Me State’s past, present, and future. It is hoped that Missourians will recognize and reflect on the events that have shaped Missouri’s communities, counties, regions, and the entire state. This committee hopes to engage local and regional people and organizations to aid in these endeavors.

A group of local historians has formed Holt County’s Bicentennial Committee to recognize the impact of Holt County in the history of the Show-Me State. Several programs throughout 2019, 2020 and 2021 are being planned to highlight Holt County and the part it played in shaping Missouri history.

The first program scheduled is a history of Forest City. Forest City has a rich history. From the time it was platted in 1857, through the days as a major port on the Missouri River, and industry such as a brewery and cannery, until its evolvement into a quiet farming community, Forest City has remained a vital part of Holt County history. This program will include a walking tour of such historic buildings as St. Patrick’s Church, the City Hall, and conclude with a trip to the still-working drug store.

This program, “A Historical View of Forest City, Missouri,” will be presented Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m., at the historic City Hall in Forest City. Peggy Ann Edwards, local historian, will highlight several items of local interest, including the City Hall, St. Patrick’s Church and conclude with a trip to the still-working drug store, where ice cream treats will be available. There is no charge for the program; donations will be accepted. Anyone interested in Holt County history is invited to attend.

Missouri 2021 is an initiative of The State Historical Society of Missouri and its Center for Missouri Studies.