Missouri has a rich history. Our state's history has always been very influential on the history of our great nation. Rather than learn our history in a linear fashion (in the order events occurred), I've plugged in the birthdays of some of our famous citizens. In this manner, I hope to emphasize the achievements and individual motivations and intrigue that drive individuals to success, rather than just memorize a list of places and dates.
We are also aware that all of history is not romantic. In fact, some of it is absolutely ugly. There's certainly enough to learn from the mistakes of history, as well.
While Happy Birthday, Missouri! is not the only history we will learn, it should keep us on our toes. Plus, there may be some surprises along the way.