Historian Michael Dickey to be guest speaker at Boonslick Historical Society fall meeting
FAYETTE — Missouri historian Michael Dickey will be the featured speaker Nov. 3 at the Boonslick Historical Society (BHS) fall meeting at the historic J. Huston Tavern, in Arrow Rock.
The BHS fall meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. and then the program. The general public is invited to attend the meeting, and there is a cost for the dinner. For meal reservations, which are due by Oct. 26, send a check to Boonslick Historical Society, P.O. Box 426, Boonville, MO 65233.
The title of Dickey’s presentation is “The Marmaduke Family of Missouri: A Family Divided” The Marmadukes were one of the most influential families of Missouri in the years leading to the Civil War. To understand their attitudes and roles in the war it is beneficial to examine their background.
The “Boonslick Country” of central Missouri in the early 19th century was the most fertile and populous area of the state. From 1821-1861, this region dominated Missouri’s agricultural production, economy and its politics. The Marmadukes and their Sappington and Jackson relatives of Saline County near Arrow Rock, constituted a powerful family political dynasty.
The patriarch of this family dynasty was Dr. John Sappington. Dickey is administrator of the Arrow Rock, Sappington Cemetery and Boone’s Lick State Historic Sites in Saline and Howard counties, a position he has held with the Missouri State Parks Division of the Department of Natural Resources since 1986. Arrow Rock has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. Dickey is responsible for eight historic structures dating from the early 19th century to early 20th century most notably the J. Huston Tavern (1834) and the George Caleb Bingham Home (1837). Dickey also researches and interprets cultural themes of the central Missouri region historically known as the “Boonslick Country.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in art history, from the University of Central Missouri.
The Boonslick Historical Society was founded in 1937 and meets several times a year to enjoy historical topics pertinent to the Boonslick area. Society members have worked together over the years to publish historical books and brochures and to mark historic sites. The society supported the founding of Boone’s Lick State Historic Site, marked the sites of Cooper’s Fort and Hannah Cole’s Fort and restored a George Caleb Bingham painting on loan to The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, Central Methodist University, Fayette.