Kander announces program on Missouri State Penitentiary

Posted September 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced a program documenting life behind bars at the now-closed Missouri State Penitentiary. Hosted by the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office, historian and author Mark Schreiber will speak about his new book, Shanks to Shakers: Reflections of the Missouri State Penitentiary.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, the public is invited to enjoy an evening with Schreiber as he shares highlights from his book and stories from his years of work at Missouri’s most notable penitentiary.

Schreiber began his 42-year career in criminal justice in 1968 in Jefferson City as an employee with the Missouri State Penitentiary. Although professional opportunities took him away from the facility, he eventually returned to serve as the last deputy warden before it closed in 2004. Schreiber collected many stories and artifacts from the prison Time magazine once called “the bloodiest 47 acres in America.”

Shanks to Shakers examines rare historical artifacts associated with life behind the penitentiary’s walls, including photographs, postcards, books, prison-made weapons, paintings, woodcarvings and even salt and pepper shakers once sold in the prison gift shop.

The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker at (573) 526-5296 or emily.luker@sos.mo.gov.