Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State

Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State

Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State

Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State

Excerpt

Missourians are notoriously skeptical; they want the facts. Missouri: J Guide to the "Show Me" State attempts to carry on the tradition. It presents as many facts about the State as the limited wordage permitted. Because the State is unusually rich in history, because its resources, its people, and its heritage are extremely varied, it has been necessary to make a somewhat arbitrary choice from the wealth of collected material which might have been included. Minor details had to be omitted, descriptions curtailed, interesting legends discarded, for no single volume has covers wide enough apart to contain all the people, places, and things that make up the story of Missouri.

In collecting material for the book, members of the project have had an opportunity to pioneer in the study of certain phases of Missouri's development. Field research has revealed architectural, art, folklore, and music survivals, and historical details hitherto unexplored. The sifting and selection of this material has been a delicate task, more particularly because family, county, and State histories do not always agree, even on such matters as dates; in describing and interpreting events they frequently vary widely. Particularly is this true of historians of the early period of exploration and of the turbulent Civil War years in Missouri. Undoubtedly among the readers of Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State there will be some who can shed additional light upon the material presented. Suggestions from these will be welcomed, for through them future editions of the book can be improved.

The book is, as its title indicates, a guide, not a commentary. Every effort has been made, not to editorialize, but to present the salient facts. The book represents in a very real sense a collaboration of the people of the State. Historians, teachers, librarians, and technical experts from every county have given invaluable assistance. Just as important has been the interested co-operation of farmers, business and professional men, old settlers, county officials, newspapermen, and the many individuals who have kindly lent private papers and put up with visits to their homes that this book may be as complete a guide as possible to the State of Missouri.

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