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Missouri Bicentennial

200 years of statehood — 1821-2021

The Show-Me State

black and white image of Willard Duncan VandiverWhy is Missouri called the Show-Me state? The biggest legend is that the phrase was said by U.S. Congressman from Missouri, Willard Duncan Vandiver. At a dinner for the House Naval Affairs Committee in 1899, a fellow Congressman stated that he had a tailor make his formal suit in fifteen minutes. Upon hearing this, Vandiver reportedly said, "I'm from a state that raises corn, cotton, cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I'm from Missouri. You have to show me."

To learn more about this legend check out these links: 

A Look Back

Show Me State Missouri History

State Symbols

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The State Dessert- The Ice Cream Cone

To view all of Missouri's symbols, visit the State Symbols page of the Secretary of State website. 

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The State Bird - The Blue Bird

To view all of Missouri's symbols, visit the State Symbols page of the Secretary of State website. 

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The State Dinosaur - Hypsibema Missouriense

To view all of Missouri's symbols, visit the State Symbols page of the Secretary of State website. 

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The State Fish - Channel Catfish

To view all of Missouri's symbols, visit the State Symbols page of the Secretary of State website. 

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The State Floral Emblem - White Hawthorn Blossom

To view all of Missouri's symbols, visit the State Symbols page of the Secretary of State website. 

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The State Musical Instrument - The Fiddle

To view all of Missouri's symbols, visit the State Symbols page of the Secretary of State website. 

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