About the Commission

Mission

The Commission's purpose is to increase awareness and understanding of Missouri's role in the Civil War; to encourage civic, historical, educational, economic, and other entities throughout Missouri to organize and participate in activities to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War; and to foster an inclusive spirit of reconciliation that appropriately recognizes the experiences and points of view of all people affected by the Civil War and its aftermath.

Executive Order 10-20

The Commission was established by Governor Jay Nixon's Executive Order 10-20 which states, in part:

"The Commission's purpose is to increase awareness and understanding of Missouri's role in the Civil War; to encourage civic, historical, educational, economic, and other entities throughout Missouri to organize and participate in activities to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War; and to foster an inclusive spirit of reconciliation that appropriately recognizes the experiences and points of view of all people affected by the Civil War and its aftermath.

"The Commission will recommend to the Governor and the citizens of Missouri effective means and activities by which to observe the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Missouri.

"The Commission will promote public awareness of the historical significance of Missouri in the Civil War, as well as cultural tourism in and around the state of Missouri in relation to the Civil War and its legacies."

More about the Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

For more information on the Commission and its Commissioners, please visit the Commission's website at http://governor.mo.gov/boards/show/MCWS