September 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mary A. Larson, associate dean for special collections at Oklahoma State University Library and a nationally recognized expert on oral history, along with Jeff D. Corrigan, SHSMO oral historian, will provide an informative overview of oral history methodology from initial idea, through finished product. Topics will cover the three subcategories of oral history: Pre-Interview, Interview and Post-Interview, and will also include project planning, legal and ethical considerations, equipment, writing questions/topic outlines, processing and available resources.
The workshop will include a series of audio question-and-answer examples from oral histories to help individuals hone interviewing skills and provoke additional discussion, as well as a video and discussion on the importance of listening. To register, contact Brian Rogers at the Missouri State Archives at 573.526.1981 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is September 23.
Funding for the workshop is provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through a State Board Programming Grant awarded to the Missouri State Archives and the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB), the central advisory board for projects relating to historic records developed and carried out within Missouri.
October 6, 7 p.m.
Join SHSMO’s Erin Smither for a closer look at the Springfield streetcar strike of 1916–1917. This talk, hosted by the Polk County Genealogical Society, will examine the causes of the strike, the ways protesters benefited from community support, and the kidnapping and murder that influenced the demonstration’s outcome. Free and open to the public, this presentation will be held at the Polk County Genealogical Society Research Facility at 120 E. Jackson Street in Bolivar.
October 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
How about creating a National History Day in Missouri performance entry this year? The central Missouri region is presenting a workshop on how you can produce a solid performance and have fun doing it! Deb Swanegan, master story teller, artist, teacher, and long-time NHD supporter, will start you on the way to crafting an entry with dramatic appeal using your historical research.
Learn the fascinating trails of discovery behind the works of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner T. J. Stiles. The nationally acclaimed biographer, who brings legends like Gen. George Armstrong Custer, tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Missouri's own Jesse James to life, will be the featured speaker on October 15. 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 13. See the annual meeting website for details.
Newspapers have been called the first draft of history. For hundreds of years their pages have preserved essential records of politics, local issues, events, and people. Yet the newest chapter in the history of print journalism is a digital one. This program by Patsy Luebbert, administrator of the Missouri Digital Newspaper Project, will explore the joys and frustrations of searching historic digital newspaper content through online sources while also explaining why going digital is not always the right answer. Make sure to catch one of the two sessions: the first will be at 1 p.m. in the Downtown Library, 927 Felix Street, and the second at 6:30 p.m. in the East Hills Branch Library, 502 N. Woodbine Road.
October 20, 6:30 p.m.
St. Louis native Miller W. Boyd III will share insights from his groundbreaking research into the African American experience in Missouri during the Civil War. In unraveling the traditional motives for service—fighting to destroy slavery in America, securing black citizenship, and preserving the Union—Boyd shows that personal freedom and a chance to financially provide for families were often stronger motivations to enlist. An award-winning scholar, Boyd is a past recipient of the Center for Civil War Research McMinn Fellowship and the Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society Robert Eldridge Seiler Fellowship.
November 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
Want to learn how to conduct an oral history interview for National History Day in Missouri? Come to the central Missouri region workshop to learn how to use interviews effectively from SHSMO’s oral historian Jeff D. Corrigan.
November 10, 6–9 p.m.
Explore new avenues in finding, documenting, and citing sources in this free workshop. Amy L. Waters, State Historical Society of Missouri librarian, will provide tips for finding your family's history and organizing it for future generations. This class is suitable for beginning or advanced genealogists. Registration is encouraged. Contact the library at 660.886.3391 to secure your spot.
November 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Are you excited about using primary sources with your students? Do you want to know how SHSMO and MU Special Collections can contribute sources for your classroom? Are you helping students find and utilize effective resources for National History Day projects? This free educator workshop is for you!
Join us at the State Historical Society of Missouri's headquarters in Ellis Library on the Mizzou campus to explore:
Please RSVP. Attendees will be offered a free parking pass. In order to guarantee delivery, please register prior to November 4.
November, 14 5:30 p.m.
Join Center for Missouri Studies fellowship winner Sarah Lirley McCune at 5:30 p.m. on November 14 for her talk “The Untimely Death of Annie Roberts and the Politics of Abortion in Late Nineteenth-Century St. Louis.” McCune, a PhD candidate in history at the University of Missouri–Columbia, received the 2016 History of Women in Missouri Politics fellowship. The free lecture will be in the main gallery of SHSMO’s Columbia Research Center.
November 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Springfield Research Center, Missouri State University Meyer Library
Are you intrigued by the idea of using primary sources in your classroom? Do you want to discover SHSMO's awesome collections, both digital and material? Are you helping students find and utilize effective resources for National History Day projects? This free educator workshop is for you!
Please RSVP. Attendees will be offered a free parking pass for the MSU campus. In order to guarantee parking pass delivery please register prior to November 11.
November, 21 4 p.m.
On November 21, Luke Ritter, recipient of the 2016 Center for Missouri Studies fellowship in the Environment in Missouri History, will speak at 4 p.m. on the Saint Louis University campus. Ritter’s talk is titled “St. Louis’s Nuclear Women: The H-Bomb and the Baby Tooth Survey.” The talk, to be followed by a reception, will be held in Room 142 of Adorjan Hall, 3800 Lindell Boulevard. Limited metered parking is available on the street, and Laclede Avenue Garage, centrally located on campus, offers additional visitor parking.
November, 30 1-4 p.m.
Close out Native American Heritage Month with a celebration! This afternoon focused on the flexible learning styles of homeschoolers will offer all ages a chance to learn about Missouri history through art, maps, and other primary resources. You can explore native and colonial interpretations of life in the Missouri Territory, see local evolving environments through landscape architecture and historic maps, and your whole family can even participate in a scavenger hunt!
Best of all, you can spend as much or as little time as you'd like. It's a free, flexible experience! Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP . Parking passes are available for those registering before November 21. Contact SHSMO for more information at 573.882.7083 or email@example.com.