The Missouri Bicentennial Commission has announced a Bicentennial poster contest. The contest is open to all students in grades 3-12 in Missouri. Judges will select four posters to commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial of statehood. Selected posters will best interpret the theme: Sharing Missouri’s stories: past, present, and future.

Each student entry must be sponsored by an eligible institution, which includes public and private schools, home-school networks, nonprofit arts agencies, cultural heritage institutions and public libraries. The COVID-19 pandemic complicates the sponsorship process, and the commission welcomes sponsoring organizations to help facilitate the contest while students are at home during this time. The competition runs until October 31, 2020.  Judges will select the final designs: two from grades 3-6 and two from grades 7-12. Missouri 2021 will be available on all social media platforms to answer questions, including email: Guidelines and the online submission form can be found at

Vinnorma Shaw’s 1921 poster for the Missouri Centennial Exposition at the Missouri State Fair is an iconic reminder of the Missouri Centennial commemoration. Students, teachers, and parents can find educational materials related to the centennial poster at the website for the Bicentennial Poster page.

Missouri 2021 is a statewide initiative of the State Historical Society of Missouri. The mission of Missouri 2021 is to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities, and people, both past and present.

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