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Extended Research Hours

August 3, 4:45–8 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Take advantage of this opportunity to tap into SHSMO resources after hours! The Columbia Research Center will be open until 8 p.m. for patrons to conduct research.


Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference

August 4–5

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

Join SHSMO in Columbia at the annual gathering of Missouri family history researchers. Learn from experts in the sessions, visit with staff members in the exhibit hall, and network with other genealogists. The conference will be held at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 2601 S. Providence Road, Columbia. For details, visit MoSGA online.

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Partisan Paintings: George Caleb Bingham and the Election of 1844

August 20, 2 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library's Central Library

American expansionism was a central issue in the 1844 presidential election, the Democratic Party supporting the annexation of Texas and the Whigs adopting an anti-expansion platform. Surprisingly, dark-horse Democratic nominee James K. Polk defeated Whig frontrunner Henry Clay to become the 11th US president. Missouri artist and politician George Caleb Bingham, a Clay supporter, feared Polk's expansionist ambitions and pro-war policies. Joan Stack, SHSMO curator of art collections, explores how his two 1845 paintings, The Concealed Enemy and Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, may have reflected that anxiety as Polk was beginning his first year in office.


Great American Eclipse

August 21


A total solar eclipse will occur over Missouri between 1 and 1:30 p.m. on August 21. The state's last total eclipse happened on August 7, 1869, and was visible only in Missouri's northeast corner. This time it will cross the entire state, though some regions will experience only a partial eclipse. Cities under total eclipse will include St. Joseph, Columbia, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, and parts of the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas. Missouri state parks as well as cities across the state will hold special events to observe this rare phenomenon. To see if parks or cities in your area are planning special eclipse events, visit the Mizzou Eclipse 2017 website.

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Rollins by Bingham

Painted Personas Exhibition Walk-Through

August 26, 1:30 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

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.

Hare and Hare

Kimball Lecture Series: From Garden Design to Master Planning

September 14, 6:30 p.m.

American Institute of Architects - Kansas City

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.

SHSMO Annual Meeting

Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series Lecture and Annual Meeting

October 7

Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center

You are invited to help guide the mission of the State Historical Society of Missouri forward at its annual meeting. Visit with other SHSMO members and enjoy a Center for Missouri Studies presentation. The event will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center in Columbia. A room block is available for out-of-town guests at the rate of $119 per night, plus tax. To receive this discount, mention SHSMO while booking your room before the deadline of September 6. Watch the Missouri Times and the Annual Meeting webpage for further details.

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