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Celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial at a Local Ice Cream Social

Written by on August 9, 2021

MEMPHIS, Mo.-  Tuesday, August 10th, 2021, marks the 200th anniversary of Missouri statehood.  The Missouri 2021 project has encouraged communities across the state to commemorate the day with an ice cream social.  Why an ice cream social?  Because nothing brings people together like ice cream, and because the ice cream cone is the official state dessert!

There will be several events taking place statewide in conjunction with the Missouri bicentennial.

In Scotland County, the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their ice cream social on the courthouse lawn.  The Memphis Community Players will present a performance of “Down in Missouri” at 5:30 pm on the west side of the Memphis square.  The Downing House Museum Complex will host a meal of hot dogs, chips and drink at 7:30 pm sponsored by the museum and the Exchange Bank.  At 9 pm the PG movie “The Goonies” will be shown on the museum lawn.

The Rutledge School restoration committee will host an ice cream social on Saturday beginning at 4 pm as part of the festivities.  Proceeds will benefit the Rutledge School Restoration effort.

In Adair County, the Kirksville Tourism board will host their ice cream social from 4:30 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday outside the Sue Ross Arts Center at 215 South Franklin Street.  The Union Temple Church will hold their ice cream and pie social from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday.  The church is located at 16620 Millay Trail in Kirksville.

The Putnam County Library and Unionville Hy-Vee are partnering to host an old-fashioned social featuring ice cream, story-telling, music and old-time community fellowship.  It will be from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Putnam County Library at 115 South 16th Street in Unionville.

The Schuyler County Historical Society and Museum Complex will host an ice cream social and art show with a circus theme on Tuesday from 11 am to 6 pm.  Tours of the museum complex will also be available.  A donation is required for this event.  The museum complex sits on the corner of Linn and Washington in Lancaster.

In Shelby County, the Shelbina Library will host an ice cream social with cake.  The event will be at 102 North Chestnut in Shelbina.

For more information and a statewide directory of bicentennial events, go online to