Our Arrow Rock Quick Studies are a fun way to learn about life on the Missouri frontier!


Dr. John Sappington was a medical doctor, a farmer, and a businessman. His Dr. Sappington’s Anti-Fever Pills helped thousands of people avoid or recover from a disease called malaria. Learn about this interesting man in this Arrow Rock Quick Study!

EXTRA ACTIVITY: Download these two coloring pages featuring Dr. Sappington treating a patient and a modern doctor. Describe how these two doctors are alike and how they are different.


Housekeeping in the 1800s was very different from what we’re used to today.

EXTRA ACTIVITY: Prepare a dessert with your family that would have been common in the 1870s: bread pudding! It was important not to waste food and this recipe allowed families to make a delicious dessert from their stale bread. Here’s a simple recipe from the Arrow Rock Cookbook, first published by the Friends of Arrow Rock in 1965 and still available for purchase in the organization’s gift shop or by calling 660-837-3231.


  • 2/3 cup bread that has been torn into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs (yolks and whites beaten separately)
  • butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • nutmeg

Scald milk, pour over bread pieces. Add a dollop of butter the size of a walnut. Beat egg yolks and stir in. Add sugar. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Add beaten egg whites and gently stir all ingredients together. Bake 25 minutes in 350 degree oven.


George Caleb Bingham was a famous artist who spent his early career in Arrow Rock. Learn about his life and work.

EXTRA ACTIVITY: Create your own masterpiece by preparing this recipe for edible finger paint.

George Caleb Bingham was known for his ability to mix colors together to create interesting shades. Try mixing two different colors of paint together. What happens when you mix red and blue together? How about blue and yellow? What other colors can you create?