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Longrifle history
MDC Outreach & Education Regional Supervisor Brian Flowers displays an American longrifle at a public event. Learn about the history, functional evolution, and contemporary use of the longrifle at a free program at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City on April 25.

MDC presents program on history of the longrifle at Runge Nature Center April 25

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Mar 25, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free program on the history and legend of the longrifle at Runge Nature Center on April 25.

The longrifle is a truly American invention, and in the forests and prairies of the expanding frontier, it made its mark. Whether carried by Daniel Boone into the wilds of Kentucky, Lewis & Clark on the Corps of Discovery expedition, or with William Becknell down the Santa Fe trail, these rifles shaped our country.

“No other single object in the American experience has as much history, legend, or lore associated with it,” said MDC Outreach & Education Regional Supervisor Brian Flowers.

Smoke & Fire: History and Legend of the Longrifle on the American Frontier, 1754-1850 will explore the origins and evolution of the longrifle in early America, and culminate with discussion about how to use these firearms in modern-day hunting. The program will take place 6-7:30 p.m. on April 25 at Runge Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City.

This program is free and open to all ages, but space is limited and preregistration is required by April 24 at mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/166324.

For more information about events at Runge Conservation Nature Center, visit nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/runge-nature-center, or call the nature center at (573) 526-5544.

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