Missouri Bicentennial Minutes

State Historical Society of Missouri, C2081

Welcome to the Missouri Bicentennial Minute from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Metropolitan Museum of Art via Wikipedia Commons.

Welcome to the Missouri Bicentennial Minute from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

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Welcome to the Missouri Bicentennial Minute from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Independent Patriot, December 8, 1821, page 4.

Welcome to the Missouri Bicentennial Minute from the State Historical Society of Missouri. Missourians could choose a wide array of medicines from stores in 1821. Many were types of patent medicines. Most were probably of limited effectiveness, but at least some of the ones classified as “bitters,” when mixed with liquor, made a variety of mixed drinks.

Independent Patriot, April 7, 1821, page 3.

We can learn about how people lived in Missouri in 1821 by examining items sold in mercantile stores. Most such stores were combinations of modern-day hardware, grocery, pharmaceutical, fabric, and convenience stores. Goods arrived by steamboat in 1821, mostly via New Orleans. Proprietors advertised newly-arrived goods in local newspapers.

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