Artifacts needed for Missouri State Penitentiary Museum

ARTIFACTS & MEMORABILIA NEEDED FOR MISSOURI STATE PENITENTIARY MUSEUM Call to action goes out to communities across Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. January 25th, 2013 – After nearly a year of planning and designing, the construction of the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) Museum is nearly finished. The space which will house the museum, located on the second floor of the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) offices at 100 E. High St., has been transformed and the walls are now adorned with information and images relating to the historic prison.

“A lot of thought and hard work has gone into this project,” said Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Diane Gillespie. “Now all that is needed to complete the Museum are the prison artifacts and memorabilia we hope the residents of Missouri will be eager to provide.”

The CVB is looking for items of interest that fall into one of four themes which make up the MSP Museum concept: 1.Prison Industries: to include anything made at the prison in the state-owned industries. Items may include license plates, tools, clothes worn by inmates or workers, specialized uniforms, employee ID badges, antique barrels or blacksmithing tools. 2.Contract Labor/Private Industries: to include anything made at privately-owned industries which used inmate labor such as the Tweedie Shoe Factory, A. Priesmeyer Shoe Company, Star Clothing Factory or H. Bockrath Shoe Company. Items may include estate or family heirlooms from workers (foremen/managers) whose family profited from the industries. Also items such as ID cards or lunch pails from workers who may have worked side by side with inmates. 3.Inside the Walls: to include any prison memorabilia from within the prison. Items may include personal items from inmates or corrections personnel such as badges, uniforms, art work, report cards or letters. Also items that may have come from the prison office, hospital or kitchen. 4.Control & Counter-Control: to include the strange and unusual items related to maintaining order at the prison or improper behavior at the prison. Items may include weapons carried by corrections personnel (line sticks, mace, cat-o-nine tails, etc) or confiscated contraband (shanks made by prisoners, brass knuckles, knives, tattooing tools, etc).

All items will be considered on loan to the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau and records will be kept of the origination of each item so that the item can be returned to the owner when the display contents turn over.

If you believe you have a one-of-a-kind artifact which fits into one of the four categories, please contact Sheila Sanford by phone at (573)632-2820 or email at sheila@visitjeffersoncity.com. Items will not be accepted for the Museum without prior approval from the CVB and until the proper paperwork has been completed. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the museum, the Discover Jefferson City Foundation is accepting tax deductible donations.

About the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau The Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was founded in 1989 to maximize the positive economic impact of visitor dollars to the community by effectively marketing the Jefferson City area as a desirable convention and tourism destination.

Media Contact:Ryan Winkler-Burns, Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau Communications Manager (573) 632-2820 ryan@visitjeffersoncity.com

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