Ray County Bicentennial 1821-2021

Celebrate 200 years with Ray County!

Quilt blocks were created and sent to the State of Missouri. One block from each County was chosen to be on the State Bicentennial Quilt. Ray County had the MOST quilt square submissions! To view the quilt submissions, visit the Bicentennial Quilt Page.

The Ray County Bicentennial Committee is organizing a local “Ray County” Bicentennial Quilt.  For more information, please contact Cathy at the Ray County Historical Society (816) 776-2305. Click here to email Cathy now!

Created by Rhonda Janell Luther. Selected for the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt


MY Missouri 2021 was a photo contest held by the Missouri 2021 Bicentennial Committee in 2019.  Ray County was beautifully represented by several area photographers. 
 Click here to see the photos of Ray County!


Missouri Encyclopedia The online Missouri Encyclopedia, a project of the State Historical Society of Missouri, will provide users easy access to authoritative information on the history and culture of Missouri. As an online resource, the Missouri Encyclopedia will be available to users throughout Missouri and far beyond the state’s borders. It will provide a comprehensive treatment of the state, while taking into account unique and distinctive aspects of local community life across Missouri’s tremendous regional diversity in geography, environment, cultural heritage, and social customs.  To be comprehensive, the editorial team needs your help. Who are the people and what are the places and events that shaped your community, your county, and your region?
Click here to learn more!


Ray County Bicentennial Cook Book is being created as we speak! Do you have a long standing family recipe? Or maybe a new recipe that should be preserved for the ages?  Do you have Depression Era recipes that your grandmother used to make soaps for your family?  This is what we are looking for!             Ray County Bicentennial Cook Book PDF


Ray-Opoly Board Game is available for pre-order.  $30 per game!  Local businesses purchased spaces on the game, so when you play with your family, you will be visiting local establishments instead of the traditional Opoly game you are used to! 
Ray-Opoly Pre-Order Form PDF 
Mail Forms and Payment to:
Ray County Bicentennial Committee
c/o Richmond COC
104 W. North Main St.
Richmond, MO  64085


Ray County Time Capsule is being assembled.  Community leaders from all areas in Ray County have been contacted by the Committee Chair, Hal Middleton, requesting that your community submit photos and stories of influential people from your region of Ray County.  Thank you for participating and helping to provide a look into the importance of people to Ray County in 2020!


A Year in the Life of My Business will be a collection of stories about local businesses, the times they endured and the impacts they made on Ray Countians’! We encourage EVERY business, EVERY civic organization, EVERY charity in Ray County to submit your story!
A Year In the Life…..PDF


Bicentennial Penny Drive will be held during the year, 2021 by Ray County students.  The pennies collected will be donated to the Missouri State Historical Society for use to conserve precious documents in our state archives. There will be school and classroom competitions during the drive!  Please support your elementary aged school children when they come home excited, talking about raising money for the state!


Missouri Pass Port Everyone is going to be looking for the Ray County stamp for their Missouri Passport in 2021!  Get your official passport from the state of Missouri, look back here for places in each community to get yours stamped, and go for a Ray-cation! More sites to some!
Places stamps will be available:

Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce
104 W. North Main St.
Richmond, MO  64085


Ray County Library
215 E. Lexington St.
Richmond, MO
Lawson City Hall
3rd & Pennsylvania
Lawson, MO  


Bicentennial Community Projects:
Check back for more details!


Missouri Bicentennial Website