Visitors are invited to celebrate the 196th birthday of Missouri becoming a state at an open house Thursday, Aug. 10, at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles. The free festivities will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open to the public.

Visitors are invited to celebrate the 196th birthday of Missouri becoming a state at an open house Thursday, Aug. 10, at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles. The free festivities will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open to the public.

The public is invited to tour the buildings where Missouri’s first legislators met from 1821 to 1826 to establish guidelines for operating as a new state. Guests will learn about the road to statehood while visiting with site interpreters, watching demonstrations and enjoying free cake and lemonade.

Missouri State Parks is celebrating 100 years in 2017. Visitors can experience all the park system has to offer with the Centennial Passport. Visit mostateparks.com/passport for more information.

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is located at 200 South Main St. in St. Charles. For more information about the event, call the site at 636-940-3322. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com . Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.