Annual Meeting

Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series Lecture and 2016 Annual Meeting

Nationally acclaimed biographer T. J. Stiles, who has chronicled the lives of George Armstrong Custer, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Jesse James, will be the featured speaker at the Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series Fall Lecture on October 15.

During the 1 p.m. lecture titled Men of the Border: Custer, Jesse James, and Missouri's Role in the American Past, Stiles will describe how border state culture shaped the careers of Custer and James, bringing two men who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War into a surprising convergence. Missouri, the home state of James, also proved to be a pivotal place in Custer's life. The state was a battleground that shaped their future paths toward fame and legend.

Drawing upon his most recent book, Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, which received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History, and his first book, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, published in 2002, Stiles will offer new insights into the lives of two famous historical figures known for pushing boundaries in nineteenth-century America.

Stiles's exhaustive research and masterful ability to captivate an audience have earned him numerous accolades. In addition to this year's Pulitzer Prize, he was awarded the 2009 National Book Award in Nonfiction and his first Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2010 for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.


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.