It's 'Missouri Day'

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | 10:28 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missourians, this is your day.

Wednesday marks the official observation of "Missouri Day."

It's not a holiday in a traditional sense. Government and schools are still open. And parades or festivals are unlikely.

According to Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, Missouri Day was the idea of Anna Brosius Korn in 1913. The Missouri native who moved to Oklahoma wanted a way to unite people from across the country who had ties to Missouri.

Korn originally proposed Oct. 1 as Missouri Day because that's when Jefferson City became the seat of state government in 1826.

In 1915, the state Legislature passed a bill declaring the first Monday in October as Missouri Day. In 1969, the Legislature moved Missouri Day to the third Wednesday in October.


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