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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.

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

Accessing and Using State Historical Society of Missouri 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.

Erin Smither teaching class

Accessing and Using State Historical Society of Missouri Materials in Springfield

March 2, 7 p.m.

Springfield-Greene County Library Center

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: 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.

The Concealed Enemy

Election Aftershock: George Caleb Bingham's Indians, Fur Traders, and the Unexpected Presidency of James K. Polk

March 4, 10 a.m.

Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center

In 1844 the dark horse candidate James K. Polk defeated the pundits' favorite, Henry Clay, in the presidential election. George Caleb Bingham, a Clay supporter, feared Polk's expansionist ambitions and war-mongering policies. In this talk SHSMO's art curator, Joan Stack, will argue that Bingham's 1845 paintings The Concealed Enemy and Fur Traders Descending the Missouri may reflect the artist's anti-Polk anxiety.

Fortuny dress

Fashioning a Collection: 50 Years, 50 Objects

March 9, 5-6:30 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Join SHSMO in celebrating the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection's 50th anniversary at the opening reception of the special exhibition, Fashioning a Collection: 50 Years, 50 Objects. The artifacts on display will include flat textiles as well as men's, women's, and children's clothing and accessories that represent the collection's diverse holdings and archival resources. Explore how these objects continue to enhance teaching, research, and educational outreach at the University of Missouri. The show will run from March 7 to May 22 in the main gallery of the Columbia Research Center.

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

The African American Experience lectures continue with a talk by Sowande' Mustakeem, assistant professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, on the role of race and gender in a late nineteenth-century murder case. Mustakeem will discuss the death of Effie Jackson, a Kansas City woman killed by a rival for the affections of a man; Jackson's case will serve as a basis to explore laws and institutions designed to police working-class African Americans.

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

Molly Brown

An Evening with Molly Brown

March 23, 5:30 p.m.

Mansion Elfindale

Join SHSMO and the Ozarks Genealogical Society to learn more about "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." The program will describe Margaret Tobin "Molly" 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. Brown will be portrayed by SHSMO's Erin Smither. Find out more about Brown through her Historic Missourians biography.

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.

Erin Smither teaching class

Genealogy Springfield

April 29

Springfield Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This free daylong event is designed specifically for family historians! Its sessions will offer insights into new avenues for genealogical research. Be sure to catch the presentation on digital materials by archivists from SHSMO's Springfield Research Center. They will provide tips on working with digitized photographs, documents, and audiovisual materials. Be there to learn how best to preserve your memories and information.

Students performing skit at NHDMO

Bluegrass Pickin' One More Time

April 30, 1-5 p.m.

Havener Center, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Mona Jones, Missouri's "First Lady of Bluegrass Music," and Jim Orchard, distinguished Shannon County fiddler and mandolin player, have created bluegrass music and promoted festivals in Missouri for more than half a century. With the State Historical Society of Missouri, now they are also helping to preserve the genre's photographs, recordings, and programs for future research.

Join SHSMO and Mid-Missouri public radio station KMST in honoring Jones and the Bluegrass Travelers, Orchard and friends, and Jimmie Allison and the Ozark Rounders at an afternoon of live bluegrass at the Havener Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla.

In keeping with Bluegrass Pickin' Time tradition, this is a family friendly event. Free and open to the public, a $5 suggested donation will support the preservation of bluegrass history. Registration is appreciated. RSVP online or call SHSMO at 573.882.7083.

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Archiving workshop

Historic Preservation Month Symposium: Personal Archiving

May 13, 2:30-4 p.m.

Springfield-Greene County Library's Midtown Carnegie Branch

Need to know what to do with all of your photographs, letters, documents, scrapbooks, and audio or video materials? Join archivists from the Springfield Research Center as they demonstrate how to preserve and maintain digital and physical content.

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