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Shanks to Shakers: Reflections of the Missouri State Penitentiary

Presented by:
Mark S. Schreiber

Publish Date:
January 31, 2014

Presentation Length:
1 hour 05 minutes 12 seconds (1:05:12)

Historian and author Mark S. Schreiber began his 42-year career in criminal justice in 1968 as an employee with the Missouri State Penitentiary, the longest continuously operational prison west of the Mississippi River. Although professional opportunities took him away from the facility, he eventually returned to serve as the last deputy warden before it closed in 2004. During his tenure, Schreiber collected many stories and artifacts from the prison once called "the bloodiest 47 acres in America" by Time magazine. His newest book, Shanks to Shakers, documents rare, historical and collectible artifacts associated with life behind these walls, including old photographs, postcards, books, prison-made weapons, paintings, woodcarvings and even salt and pepper shakers once sold in the prison gift shop! Enjoy an evening with Schreiber as he shares highlights from his book and stories from his years working at the infamous Missouri State Penitentiary.


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