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PALMYRA, Mo. — Local history experts and dignitaries told the story of Marion County from its origins to the present day, when the Show Me Missourah podcast arrived for an episode at the Marion County Courthouse in the county seat of Palmyra.

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Gov. Mike Parson began the second leg of his Bicentennial Tour on Monday with a visit to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, talking with Toms and Beckys and celebrating the history of the Show-Me State.

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The day that marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when some of the last enslaved Americans learned that they had been freed is now an official state holiday in Illinois.

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Thomas Edison believed his invention in 1888 of a motion picture camera and seven years later a “kinetograph,” which projected these pictures onto a surface, novelties without practical uses. Soon, though, “moving pictures” dazzled people around the world by presenting a dynamic way to view images.