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Standing Bear drawing for Black Elk Speaks

From Daniel Boone to Black Elk Walk-Through

January 28, 1:30 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Join SHSMO's art curator, Joan Stack, for a walk-through of From Daniel Boone to Black Elk: Native and Colonial Experiences in Contested "Middle Grounds." The show explores artworks reflecting the complex relationships between Native and European Americans in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Highlights include Chester Harding's circa 1820 portrait of Boone, which is on loan from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and watercolor illustrations by Sioux artist Luther Standing Bear for John Neihardt's classic book Black Elk Speaks. This event will be held at the Columbia Research Center. In the case of inclement weather, the walk-through will be postponed until February 4.

African American couple next to car

Missouri's Complicated Racial Past: Causes and Consequences

January 29, 10:30 a.m.

Arrow Rock Federated Church

Using examples from Missouri history, SHSMO's Gary Kremer will focus on the ways in which African Americans and whites often interpret both the past and the present differently. These differing interpretations stem, in part, from different histories, which, in turn, derive from, among other things, the fundamental realities of race. The goal of this presentation is to encourage individuals and groups to seek to understand the historical forces that have shaped their lives, as well as the lives of those with whom they come in contact.

Black History Month

Black History Month

February 1-28

SHSMO Social Media

Learn more about the experiences of African Americans in Missouri all month long by following the State Historical Society of Missouri on social media. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

NHDMO Student

Annual Day at the Capitol

February 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Missouri State Capitol

Celebrate the achievements of Missouri's outstanding National History Day students at the annual Day at the Missouri Capitol event. Please join us to meet NHDMO students, learn more about how the innovative program encourages them to explore history, and share your support of history education with legislators. National History Day in Missouri is sponsored by SHSMO in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council.

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series: Clarence Lang

February 7, 6:30 p.m. Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Book Signing

Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Student Union

Clarence Lang, author and professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, will explore how current events in Black America, such as the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, that propelled Black Lives Matter to national and international attention, continuously change the meanings attached to past struggles for black freedom. Lang will also examine whether St. Louis is representative of broader US patterns of race relations, racial oppression, and resistance, while discussing ways that contemporary historical framing can inform (or misinform) present-day, post-1960s freedom movements.

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A collaboration of the State Historical Society of Missouri's Center for Missouri Studies and the University of Missouri's Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

SHSMO Booth

Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference

February 17-18

St. Charles Convention Center

Visit with SHSMO staff and discuss ways the Society and the National History Day in Missouri program may be incorporated into your classroom at the SHSMO exhibitor's booth! See the conference site for more information.

Abraham Lincoln

School's Out, History's In! Presidents' Day

February 20, 1:30-4 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Learn more about the leaders celebrated each Presidents' Day with the help of art curator Joan Stack and items from the Society's archives. Great for all ages, this event in the Columbia Research Center will encourage children to explore the history found in art, newspapers, letters, and books.

You can spend as much or as little time as you'd like. It's a free, flexible experience! Join us at 2 p.m. for the story of Historic Missourian Vinnie Ream, a sculptor best known for her statue of Abraham Lincoln in the US Capitol, will demonstrate how Missourians can make their mark on the nation.

Registration is appreciated but not required. Parking passes are available for those that RSVP before February 10.

Taking a Stand in History: National History Day 2017

National History Day in Missouri Regional: Springfield

February 24

Missouri State University

Join NHDMO at the Springfield regional contest! Visit Missouri State University; support creative Missouri students; and check out a great range of exhibits, documentaries, papers, performances, and websites that explore both leaders and everyday people who took a stand in history. Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 29, 2017.

Taking a Stand in History: National History Day 2017

National History Day in Missouri Regional: Rolla

February 24

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Come see Missouri students take a stand in history! Join National History Day in Missouri on February 24 at the Rolla regional contest. Regional sponsor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, is hosting this great event showcasing the creative work of six through twelve graders in five diverse categories. Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 29, 2017.

Erin Smither teaching class

State Historical Society of Missouri: Accessing and Using SHSMO Materials in Springfield

February 25, 11 a.m.

Joplin Public Library

Doing genealogical, local, or historical research? Join archivists from SHSMO's Springfield Research Center to look at available resources. This program will provide an overview of SHSMO's statewide archives, including manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, art, and the editorial cartoon collections. Learn how to access many of these primary resources through the Springfield Research Center, and get time-saving tips for locating the best research materials for your project.

Taking a Stand in History: National History Day 2017

National History Day in Missouri Regional: St. Louis

February 25

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Join National History Day in Missouri for the St. Louis regional contest! Visit University of Missouri-St. Louis; support creative Missouri students; and check out a great range of exhibits, documentaries, papers, performances, and websites that explore both leaders and everyday people who took a stand in history. Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 29, 2017.

Taking a Stand in History: National History Day 2017

National History Day in Missouri Regional: Maryville

March 3

Northwest Missouri State University

Come see Missouri students take a stand in history! The National History Day in Missouri Maryville regional contest is being held March 3, 2017, at Northwest Missouri State University. Students from around the region will present their innovative projects in one of the five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 29, 2017.

Taking a Stand in History: National History Day 2017

National History Day in Missouri Regional: Kansas City

March 4

Truman Library

What are you doing March 4, 2017? Truman Library is hosting the National History Day in Missouri Kansas City regional contest. Come support ambitious students, see their creative projects, and be part of the day! Top students from the region will be presenting their historical research through the five categories: documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites. Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 29, 2017.

Taking a Stand in History: National History Day 2017

National History Day in Missouri Regional: Joplin

March 10

Missouri Southern State University

Join National History Day in Missouri at the Joplin regional contest! Visit Missouri Southern State University; support creative Missouri students; and check out a great range of exhibits, documentaries, papers, performances, and websites that explore both leaders and everyday people who took a stand in history. Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 29, 2017.

Taking a Stand in History: National History Day 2017

National History Day in Missouri Regional: Cape Girardeau

March 10

Southeast Missouri State University

Students in grades six through twelve express their passion for history through projects in five diverse categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, and website. Join those competing in the NHDMO Cape Girardeau regional contest on March 10 at Southeast Missouri State University, and you will be amazed by the creativity and hard work of Missouri students. Winners will advance to the state contest at the University of Missouri on April 29, 2017.

Taking a Stand in History: National History Day 2017

National History Day in Missouri Regional: Central Missouri

March 14

Columbia College

Come see Missouri students take a stand in history! Join National History Day in Missouri on March 14, 2017, at the Central Missouri regional contest. Regional sponsor, Missouri State Archives, is hosting this great event at Columbia College. Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 29, 2017.

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series: Sowande Mustakeem

March 14, 6:30 p.m. Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Book Signing

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Student Union

Save the date for the continuation of this important series with a look at the role race and gender played the late-nineteenth-century murder of Effie Jackson.

A collaboration of the State Historical Society of Missouri's Center for Missouri Studies and the University of Missouri's Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Route 66 postcard

Missouri Conference on History

March 22-24

University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield

Join other history enthusiasts at the fifty-ninth annual Missouri Conference on History and Midwest Regional Meeting of Phi Alpha Theta. The 2017 conference, hosted by the Missouri State University History Department, will be held at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield. Sessions at the conference will cover a wide variety of historical topics, including public history and historic preservation. Early registration is $45; standard registration is $55. Reserve your space now.

Ozark Jubilee

The Ozark Jubilee

March 23, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield

Join Tom Peters, MSU Dean of Library Services; Wayne Glenn, local historian and radio host; and Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of the popular Ozarks Alive blog, for a viewing and discussion of an episode of The Ozark Jubilee. Learn about the show's meaning and significance for Missouri, the Ozarks region, and the growth and development of both country and western music and network television variety shows. Registration is required. RSVP online or call SHSMO at 573.882.7083.

Sponsored by Missouri State University's Ozark Studies Institute

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series: James W. Endersby

April 4, 6:30 p.m. Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Book Signing

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Student Union

Save the date for the continuation of this important series through the mysterious story of civil right activist Lloyd Gaines, an instrumental figure in the eventual integration of the University of Missouri in 1950.

A collaboration of the State Historical Society of Missouri's Center for Missouri Studies and the University of Missouri's Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Taking a Stand in History: National History Day 2017

National History Day in Missouri State Contest

April 29

University of Missouri

Come witness the creativity of nearly 600 students from across the state as they share their enthusiasm for history. They will compete for state honors in categories including documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites that explore the 2017 contest theme, "Taking a Stand in History." Sign up to judge and share your time to help Missouri students improve their work. Top finishers at the state contest will advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park in June.

Students performing skit at NHDMO

Bluegrass Pickin' One More Time

April 30, 1-5 p.m.

Havener Center, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Join SHSMO and Mid-Missouri public radio station KMST in honoring Mona Jones, Missouri's "First Lady of Bluegrass Music"; Jim Orchard, distinguished Shannon County fiddler and mandolin player; and Jimmie Allison and The Ozark Rounders for an afternoon of live bluegrass at the Havener Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla.

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