Annual Meeting

Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series Lecture and 2016 Annual Meeting

Join us October 15 to learn the fascinating trails of discovery behind the works of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner T. J. Stiles. The nationally acclaimed biographer, who brings legends like Gen. George Armstrong Custer, tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Missouri's own Jesse James to life, will be the featured speaker.


Author T. J. Stiles' most recent work, Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History. His 2009 release, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, was that year's National Book Award nonfiction winner and was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, published in 2002, received much acclaim from organizations including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the American Library Association. A member of the Society of American Historians and a former Guggenheim fellow, Stiles lives in Berkeley, California.


Online registration is now open for the luncheon. You may also RSVP by phone at 573.882.7083. Please reserve a place for yourself and additional attendees by October 5 for the luncheon: $35 members, $40 nonmembers. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after that date. All other events are free and open to the public.

If you would prefer to register by mail or by fax, please download the form and send it with payment to SHSMO, Attn: Annual Meeting, 1020 Lowry St., Columbia, MO 65201, or fax it to 573.884.4950.

If you are only attending the 1 p.m. public program, RSVPs are appreciated but not required.


11 a.m.Business Meeting and Annual Report
Including the presentation of the Book, Article, and Dissertation Awards
12 p.m.Luncheon – Registration Required
Beginning with the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award
1 p.m.Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series Presentation – Registration Appreciated
Featuring two-time Pulitzer Prize winner T. J. Stiles


The event will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center in Columbia.

Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center
3301 LeMone Industrial Boulevard, Columbia, Missouri, 65201
573.443.8000 | Hotel Website

A room block is available for out-of-town guests at the rate of $119 per night, plus tax. To receive this discount, mention SHSMO while booking your room before the deadline of September 13.


Free parking is available onsite at the Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center.