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

January 14, 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.

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.

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

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.

Abraham Lincoln

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

February 20, 1:30 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. 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.

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. If you are interested in submitting a paper or a proposal for a complete session, please visit the Missouri Conference on History site.

Students performing skit at NHDMO

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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