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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.

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.

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.

Canvassing for a Vote by Bingham

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.

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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Teacher w Students

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.

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