Event Calendar

State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Extended Research Hours and Open House

August 4, 3–8 p.m.

Research Center-Columbia

Enjoy an evening at the State Historical Society of Missouri! The Research Center–Columbia will be open until 8 p.m. for patrons to conduct research. From 3 to 7 p.m. you are also invited to enjoy refreshments, peruse the art gallery, and view a special display of items from SHSMO's diverse archives.


Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference

August 5–6

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Columbia

Learn new tips for tracing your lineage at the annual gathering of family history researchers in Columbia. SHSMO staff members will be on hand at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center to answer your questions about tapping into Society resources held statewide. For details, visit the MoSGA website.

State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Evolving Environments Walk-Through

August 27, 1:30 p.m.

Research Center-Columbia

Guest curator Carol Grove, University of Missouri adjunct assistant professor of American Art and Architecture, will explain how a balance of sensitivity to the environment and the needs of individuals led the Kansas City-based landscape architecture firm Hare and Hare to become nationally recognized. The father-and-son team of Sidney J. and S. Herbert Hare created "order, convenience, and beauty" in cityscapes, parkland, and domestic landscapes from 1910 to 1960. The Evolving Environments exhibition, which will be on display from July 14 to December 23, celebrates Hare and Hare's lasting impact through the original drawings, photographs, and plans for the parks, zoos, cemeteries, schools, and residential areas Missourians enjoy today, including Kansas City's Country Club District and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

NHD student project

Put Your Stamp on History. Be Part of National History Day in Missouri.

September 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Join us for an evening of films, exhibits, and stories. Learn how you can uncover history and produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website to enter in the National History Day competition. Your project may even take you to the University of Missouri or to Washington DC! Facilitated by Shelly Croteau and Maggie Mayhan (NHDMO coordinators). Recommended for ages 10 and up.

The African American Experience in Missouri

The African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series: Lea VanderVelde

September 15

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union, University of Missouri-Columbia

The lecture series fall lineup kicks off with Lea VanderVelde, Josephine R. Witte Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. She will discuss her most recent book, Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott (Oxford University Press), a groundbreaking study of more than 300 freedom suits in St. Louis. Through the careful evaluation of 12 cases, the book offers insights into the practice of slavery and the lives of those enslaved in Missouri. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be in Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union, on the University of Missouri campus.

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

State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Art-i-Fact Gallery and Museum Crawl

September 22, 4-7 p.m.

Research Center-Columbia

Explore the galleries, museums, and gardens of the MU campus, enjoy snacks and activities, and release your inner child through a night of coloring and culture at the #ColorCrawl! This event is sponsored by Art-i-Fact, a consortium of University of Missouri organizations where art, science, and culture are open for exploration. Visit http://artifact.missouri.edu for more information.

KFUO microphone

Oral History Workshop

September 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Missouri State Archives

Mary A. Larson, associate dean for special collections at Oklahoma State University Library and a nationally recognized expert on oral history, along with Jeff D. Corrigan, SHSMO oral historian, will provide an informative overview of oral history methodology from initial idea, through finished product. Topics will cover the three subcategories of oral history: Pre-Interview, Interview and Post-Interview, and will also include project planning, legal and ethical considerations, equipment, writing questions/topic outlines, processing and available resources.

The workshop will include a series of audio question-and-answer examples from oral histories to help individuals hone interviewing skills and provoke additional discussion, as well as a video and discussion on the importance of listening. To register, contact Brian Rogers at the Missouri State Archives at 573.526.1981 or brian.rogers@sos.mo.gov. The deadline is September 23.

Funding for the workshop is provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through a State Board Programming Grant awarded to the Missouri State Archives and the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB), the central advisory board for projects relating to historic records developed and carried out within Missouri.

State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Springfield Streetcar Strike of 1916–1917

October 6, 7 p.m.

Polk County Genealogical Society Research Facility, Bolivar

Join SHSMO’s Erin Smither for a closer look at the Springfield streetcar strike of 1916–1917. This talk, hosted by the Polk County Genealogical Society, will examine the causes of the strike, the ways protesters benefited from community support, and the kidnapping and murder that influenced the demonstration’s outcome. Free and open to the public, this presentation will be held at the Polk County Genealogical Society Research Facility at 120 E. Jackson Street in Bolivar.

TJ Stiles Books

Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series Lecture and SHSMO's Annual Meeting

October 15

Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center, Columbia

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 on October 15. The event will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center in Columbia. 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. See the annual meeting website for details.