Missouri is far more than just a collection of great places. Our state has been home to some of the nation's most interesting, influential and inspiring people. Their legacies are preserved in the many historic sites that pay tribute to their contributions.
In Lamar, the early years of an American president are commemorated at the Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site. The only Missourian ever elected Commander-in-Chief, Truman was born in this modest house in 1884. Visitors are welcome to tour the home's six rooms in addition to the smokehouse.
The life of another Missouri-born legend, author Samuel Clemens (later and much better-known as Mark Twain), is celebrated at the Mark Twain Birthplace Historic Site in Florida. The cabin, Twain’s birthplace, has been turned into a museum where visitors see first editions of his works, furniture from his Connecticut home, and a handwritten version of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." History and literature buffs love the opportunity to spend time in the home's public reading room, which is open for research.
Art lovers must visit the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, filled with Benton’s renowned artwork. This legendary Regionalist painter worked in his Kansas City studio until his death in 1975.
Anyone interested in military history should stop by the General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site in Laclede. Pershing, the highest-ranking military officer in United States history, lived in the home until he left for West Point.