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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.

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Bingham Fest: Film, Art, Music Celebrating The American Artist

April 29, 2-5:00 p.m.

Historic Independence Square

Spend a day in historic Independence learning, experiencing, and enjoying the life of Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham. The day includes a special screening of the new documentary The American Artist: The Life and Times of George Caleb Bingham by Emmy-winning Kansas City filmmakers Wide Awake Films. The screening will include a chance to meet and engage the filmmakers. Throughout the day, additional Bingham activities are planned including tours of the Jackson County Art Gallery led by Joan Stack, SHSMO's art curator. A reception at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate and a performance by the Mengel Brothers Duo, whose music is included in the movie. The evening will end with a special dinner at Ophelia's Restaurant or Cafe Verona on the Independence Square. Spend as much time as your schedule permits. Tickets are required.

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Hosted by the Jackson County Historical Society. Event partners include the City of Independence, the Bingham-Waggoner Estate, the Independence Square Association, McClain Enterprises, and the State Historical Society of Missouri.

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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SHSMO 101: Making the Most of Your Research

May 4, 7 p.m.

Polk County Genealogical Society Library

Join Erin Smither of the State Historical Society of Missouri as she talks about the Society, its history, and the great variety of materials available to researchers. Find out how to access SHSMO resources in different areas of the state through six regional research centers, including the Springfield center. Whether you are a professional historian, a genealogist, or just a history buff, there is something for everyone at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

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.

Missouri Digital Newspaper Program

Digital Newspaper Workshop

May 17, 7-8 p.m.

Gentry Public Library

Newspapers have been called the rough draft of history. Their pages have preserved essential records of politics, local issues, events, and people for hundreds of years. Whether in small towns or major cities, American newspapers usually reflected the interests and values of the communities they served. As the country grew and changed, so too did its newspapers. By the mid-nineteenth century, the number of titles published had risen dramatically as newspapers were transformed by an increased emphasis on covering society, industry, science, and other subjects through investigative journalism and human-interest stories.

The newest chapter in the history of print journalism is a digital one. Many current newspapers, as well as numerous newspaper archives, are now online. A one-hour program by Patricia M. (Patsy) Luebbert, administrator of the Missouri Digital Newspaper Project, will explore the joys and frustrations of searching historic digital newspaper content through online sources. Attendees will have an opportunity to use the online content and ask questions on search strategies. The workshop will also explore why going digital is not always the answer. The session will be held at 7 p.m. on May 17 at the Gentry Public Library, 304 North Park, Stanberry, Missouri.

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