SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The grand opening of a new National Rifle Association museum takes place next month inside Bass Pro Shops' flagship store in southwest Missouri.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum occupies about 7,500 square feet of the outdoor recreation outfitter. The Aug. 2 grand opening coincides with the start of Bass Pro Shops' Fall Hunting Classic.
A Bass Pro announcement says the museum will have more than $20 million worth of firearms, including some from the 1600s.
Company officials say the nearly 1,000 artifacts will include firearms used by Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt and John Wayne, as well as Napoleon's double-barrel sporting flintlock.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - One of the most famous Abraham Lincoln artifacts is going on public display in Springfield.
A copy of his Gettysburg Address written in Lincoln's own hand will be available for public viewing starting Thursday and running through November at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Lincoln gave his 272-word speech on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the National Soldiers' Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. A battle there four months before left more than 50,000 dead or wounded.
Lincoln wrote out five copies of the address. The version in Illinois is known as the "Edward Everett copy." The scholar and politician also spoke at the dedication and Lincoln agreed to make him a copy.
Everett's speech lasted two hours and was little remembered in posterity. Lincoln's lasted two minutes.
The General Motors plant in Wentzville gets an infusion of money from Detroit to help in the building of two midsize pickups.
General Motors will invest $133 million to add a third stamping press to its Wentzville Assembly and Stamping plant. It's where the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana are built. But it's undergoing construction for production of GM’s next-generation midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Dave Baldridge with G-M tells me the move has the potential for creating or retaining approximately 55 jobs...
Baldridge says the new press will increase the plant’s capacity in stamping fenders, doors and other key components for the new pickups and full-size vans.
Construction will begin next month and GM expects the press to be operational by early 2015.
Wentzville Assembly employs approximately 2,000 employees across two shifts.