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The Chamber
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Upper Galleries
Lower Galleries
Artwork in the Chamber
Chamber Murals
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Fretwork & Moulding
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Lower Galleries
Side Galleries: Two side galleries, seldom seen by the public, adjacent to the north and south entrances serve as ante-rooms to the Senate Chamber. In keeping with the historic themes throughout the Senate Chamber, each of these galleries is dedicated to a prominent figure in Missouri history.

Pershing Gallery

The north gallery is known as the Pershing Gallery, in commemoration of General John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing. Pershing was a Missouri native who led the American Expeditionary Force in Europe in World War I. For his efforts, Pershing was promoted to General of the Armies in 1919, making him the highest ranking general in American history.

Bingham Gallery

The south gallery is named the Bingham Gallery honoring George Caleb Bingham. This artist's paintings depicted Missouri in the 1840s and 1850s, and the exceptional quality of his work earned him international fame. Although best known for his artwork, Bingham also served as state treasurer and as adjutant general of Missouri.

Shown on this page are the respective portraits in the senate galleries honoring these great Missourians. Gen. Pershing's portrait is the top photo, and Bingham's is the lower photo. The portraits were painted by E.L. Blumenschein, N.A., of Taos and New York.

Back Gallery
One of the innermost galleries that is used primarily as a meeting room for the Senators, located between the chamber and the rotunda, has been designated the Kirchoff Gallery.

Mr. Kirchoff, who passed away April 27, 2004, was a fixture in the Missouri Senate for 34 years, serving as Director of Printing and Mailing, Director of Research and the position he was most well-known for, that of the first Senate Administrator in Missouri history. Former Sen. Harold Caskey led a motion to name the gallery after Mr. Kirchoff, and the motion was adopted.

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This plaque hangs in the gallery in remembrance of Mr. Kirchoff.
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