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August 26, 1:30 p.m.
Join Joan Stack, SHSMO curator of art collections, for a walk-through of the exhibition Painted Personas: The Portraits of George Caleb Bingham. Stack will examine the varied functions of Bingham's portraiture and consider how dress, gesture, and background communicated carefully choreographed messages related to the paintings' subject matter and time period. The exhibition in the Columbia Research Center will run through September 23.
September 14, 6:30 p.m.
Explore the history and significance of the nationally renowned landscape architecture firm of Hare and Hare as part of the Charles N. Kimball Lecture Series. From Garden Design to Master Planning: Hare and Hare Landscape Architects of Kansas City will feature a conversation between landscape historian Carol Grove and architectural historian and preservation consultant Cydney Millstein. Joan Stack, SHSMO’s curator of art collections, will moderate. A reception will precede the conversation at 5:30 p.m. Registration is appreciated but not required.
The father-and-son team of Sidney J. Hare (1860-1938) and S. Herbert Hare (1888-1960) founded the Kansas City-based architectural landscape firm of Hare and Hare in 1910. Sidney Hare worked as an assistant to George Kessler, one of the pioneers of landscape architecture and urban planning, when Kessler was designing Kansas City’s parks and boulevard system. Hare subsequently worked as a landscape architect who specialized in parks and cemeteries. After his son S. Herbert Hare graduated from Harvard University’s fledgling landscape architecture program, the two established their own firm, with Herbert focusing on urban planning.
Within two decades Hare and Hare enjoyed a national reputation for creating “order, convenience, and beauty,” with public and private projects across the country. Among their more well-known projects are Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Country Club District, the city of Longview, Washington, Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Villa Philbrook.
The Kimball Lecture Series, launched in 1995, is an ongoing tribute to civic leader Dr. Charles N. Kimball (1911-1994), former president of Midwest Research Institute, known today as MRIGlobal. The Kimball Lecture Series is financially supported in part by MRIGlobal. Additional support is provided by Ochsner Hare and Hare, a Design Studio of Olsson Associates.
September 15, 2:00 p.m.
Join SHSMO and the Mt. Vernon Public Library to learn more about “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Margaret Tobin Brown will be portrayed by SHSMO’s Erin Smither. The program will describe Brown’s childhood in Missouri, her journey from rags to riches, her tale of survival aboard the Titanic, and her passion for the women’s suffrage movement. You can also find out more about Brown through her Historic Missourians biography.
September 19, 1-7:30 p.m.
Join SHSMO, the Missouri Humanities Council, Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation, and others, for a nationally significant program highlighting Ulysses S. Grant’s connections to Missouri. The Show-Me State was a center point of the military and political life of the Union Army’s commanding general and eighteenth president of the United States. The symposium will explore Grant’s Missouri roots, which are well known, including his service at Jefferson Barracks, his pre-Civil War years with his wife's family in St. Louis, and his ownership of a St. Louis County estate during his presidency. The day will culminate in a keynote, Ulysses S. Grant: A Fresh Vision for American Leadership, by Ronald C. White, fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
Teachers may visit with State Historical Society of Missouri staff members in the exhibit hall and check out the National History Day in Missouri roundtable session to discover ways that the NHDMO program may be incorporated into classroom instruction. The twelfth annual Best Practices in History Education Conference is hosted by the Missouri and Illinois Councils for History Education.
September 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
SHSMO invites Missouri students to an evening of films, exhibits, and stories. Learn how you can uncover history by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website for the 2018 National History Day competition. Your project may take you all the way to nationals and a visit to the capitol in Washington, DC! This event will be held in the Children’s Program Room at the Daniel Boone Regional Library.
September 23, 1-3 p.m.
Celebrate the annual Smithsonian Museum Day with a family event hosted by MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North. Numerous interactive experiences will be provided by local cultural institutions. Families can learn more about their community and the arts all in one place!
September 27, 6:30p.m.
In the historical archives of colonial St. Louis, African women and men appear most often as enslaved people forced into doing the hard labor of settlement. Traces of their existence are visible in records relating to slave auctions and census documents enumerating their presence in households. But the fabric of their daily lives can be difficult to recover. Patricia Cleary, author of The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis, will illuminate the vital roles African women and men played in the early village on the Mississippi, exploring how they experienced violence and expressed themselves in a community frequently torn by discord and unrest.
September 28, 4-6:30p.m.
Join SHSMO an evening devoted to sharing educational resources. Visit with Society staff about ways that primary sources can enrich learning experiences for Missouri students, and ask questions about National History Day in Missouri. The local Kansas City region NHD coordinator will be in attendance!
After four years of fighting and 36 million casualties, a Missourian helped end the Great War nearly 100 years ago. The American Expeditionary Forces led by General John J. Pershing cut through German lines and changed the course of the First World War. Join New York Times bestselling author Andrew Carroll for an intimate look at the only man other than George Washington that Congress has called the "General of the Armies of the United States." The 1 p.m. presentation will delve into Carroll's most recent publication, My Fellow Soldiers. At 11 a.m. the business meeting will celebrate outstanding scholarship related to Missouri history. Attendees will hear highlights from SHSMO's past year.
October 13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Primary sources are tangible teaching tools that connect students with the past. Yet searching for the right letters, photographs, newspapers, and diaries in the State Historical Society’s vast collections can be overwhelming. Join SHSMO’s archivist and National History Day coordinator at the Cape Girardeau Research Center. Together you will explore SHSMO collections in person and online and learn strategies for using primary sources effectively to make National History Day projects stand out. Reserve your spot at this free workshop. Attendees will be offered a free parking pass. To guarantee parking pass delivery, please register before October 5.
October 25, 6:30p.m.
Save the date for the continuation of this important series with a look at the role race played in Kansas City’s history with Delia C. Gillis, author of numerous scholarly publications including a photographic history entitled Kansas City. Gillis was also a project director for the 2013-2015 National Endowment for the Humanities/Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History documentary film set, Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle.
November 3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Primary sources are tangible teaching tools that connect students with the past. Yet searching for the right letters, photographs, newspapers, and diaries in the State Historical Society’s vast collections can be overwhelming. Join SHSMO’s archivist and National History Day coordinator at the Springfield Research Center in Missouri State University’s Meyer Library. Together you will explore SHSMO collections in person and online, learn strategies for using primary sources effectively to make National History Day projects stand out, and tour MSU’s Special Collections. Reserve your spot at this free workshop. Attendees will be offered a free parking pass. To guarantee parking pass delivery, please register before October 27.
March 15-16, 2018
Save the dates of March 15–16, 2018, for the sixtieth annual Missouri Conference on History, hosted by the Missouri State Archives . The call for proposals is open, and submissions of paper, panel, and student posters in all fields of history are welcomed. The conference is particularly interested in proposals for complete sessions, including panelists, chair, and commentator.
April 28, 2018
Come witness the knowledge, enthusiasm, and creativity of nearly 600 students from across the state as they share their History Day research projects. They will compete for state honors in categories including documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites that explore the 2018 contest theme, Conflict and Compromise in History. Sign up as a contest judge at nhdmo.org/judges and share your time to help students improve their work. Top finishers at the state contest will advance to the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park in June.