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Chamber Members take Walk Down Memory Lane with Gary Kremer
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
By: Kelsey Brown

The Chamber of Commerce (formerly known as the Commercial Club) was founded in April of 1893. In celebration of the 125th Anniversary Gary Kremer, Executive Director - State Historical Society of Missouri - shared some of Jefferson City’s most exciting moments in the last 125 years.

Dr. Kremer highlighted some of the Commercial Club’s most influential leaders and what legacies they left behind that can still be enjoyed by Jefferson City residents today along with many nostalgic photos and stories. One of the biggest names in Jefferson City Chamber History is Arthur P Grimshaw, the first President of the Commercial Club, who successfully raised funds to erect a bridge across the Missouri River. The Bridge was managed by a familiar name to Jefferson City Residents, Frederick H Binder (Binder Park) who was also on the Commercial Club’s original Board of Directors. Jefferson City became known as the “Hub of the ‘Show-Me State’” and its progress has continued for 125 years.

Attendees were inspired to keep the momentum going as Dr. Kremer said “the future depends on it.” The “Bicentennial Bridge to the Island” project is quickly gaining support as one of the Chamber’s Economic Development efforts for the future of Jefferson City. If approved, the Bridge to the Island should be completed by 2021.

For a more in-depth history of Jefferson City you can view A Century of Success, A Future of Progress, a publication by Gary Kremer at

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