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ALA Missouri Girls State

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American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State (ALA MGS) was first established in 1940 as one of 11 ALA Girls State programs in the nation. The first session was held at William Woods University (then College), Fulton, in the summer of 1940 under the direction of Lutie Long Smith. There were 213 citizens in attendance the first year and Juanita Curry was elected Governor. The citizens were divided into 3 counties -- Scott, Price, and Barton; and there were six cities -- Pershing, Koontz, Boone, Crowder, Lewis, and Clark. MGS was located at William Woods for 17 sessions, with no sessions held in 1943 and 1945 due to war. Following a fire at the college in 1959, MGS transferred to Christian College, Columbia, in 1960. In 1961, the program moved to Stephens College, Columbia, due to the need for a larger facility. The program returned again to William Woods University in 1976, where it remained until 1998 when it moved to Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg (now University of Central Missouri).  In 2022, the ALA MGS program hosted the 80th session at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

In 2019, ALA MGS had 740 citizens in 7 counties and 21 cities. Our cities and counties are named after famous or important people to the American Legion Auxiliary and the State of Missouri or those individuals who have contributed in some way to the success of the ALA Missouri Girls State program.

The American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State program was unable to hold their session in 2020 due to the COVID-19. pandemic. In 2021, ALA MGS hosted 460 juniors and seniors for the 79th session of ALA MGS.  

ALA MGS started a new adventure with the host institution, Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri in 2022.  The inaugural Lindenwood session was held June 11-18, 2022 with approximately 500 citizens attending.  The co-hosted session was held in partnership with American Legion Boys State of Missouri. We continue to advance our partnership with our new host institution and with the American Legion Boys State of Missouri. 

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