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Watching the Cargo

Osher Course
Painting Missouri: George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton

Mondays in June, 12–1:30 p.m.

University of Missouri, Moss Building, Room B

This class, taught by SHSMO art curator Joan Stack, explores the work of Bingham and Benton in a social and historical context. Students will be introduced to numerous artworks created by these Missouri masters and will also learn how these complex works not only serve as beautiful examples of our cultural heritage but also help us better understand our history.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a nationwide program offering noncredit courses to adults over age 50. Registration is required. If you are interested in registering for this course, please visit the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute website.

Watching the Cargo

Learning in Retirement Course: History of Missouri

June 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

St. Martin's Knights of Columbus

Noted historian and journalist, Bob Priddy, will discuss who we were, who we are now, and how we got to where we are today in Missouri. Class will start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. We will break for an hour at noon to enjoy a boxed lunch, which is included in the price of the class.

Learning in Retirement is a program through Lincoln University that provides continuing learning opportunities for retirees and/or seniors in Jefferson City and the surrounding areas. You must be a Learning in Retirement member to attend this program. If you are interested in joining, please visit the Lincoln University Learning in Retirement website.

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Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest

June 11–15

University of Maryland–College Park

Finalists from the state contest will represent Missouri at nationals, held on the University of Maryland–College Park campus. In past years, Missouri delegates have represented the Show-Me State with distinction, bringing home medals, speaking at Breakfast on the Hill, and showcasing their work at the National Museum of American History. Follow NHDMO on Facebook and Twitter to stay posted on the 2017 delegation's experience.

Rest Haven

Route 66 in Springfield: Then and Now

June 15, 2 p.m.

Barry-Lawrence Library, Mount Vernon Branch

Join SHSMO archivist Erin Smither and take a journey through Springfield on the fabled "Mother Road." See the iconic businesses that once existed in Springfield along Route 66 along with a few that are still in operation. Learn about the history of the road, how it came to be, and what it means to people today. Come Get Your Kicks on Route 66.

Lee Judge Cartoon Detail

Kansas City Cartoonists: Curators Walk-Through

June 17, 1:30 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Join Joan Stack, SHSMO curator of art collections, for a walk-through of the exhibition Kansas City Cartoonists S. J. Ray and Lee Judge: Cartoonists from Two Millennia Critique Culture. Stack will discuss how the topics addressed by these cartoonists remain relevant today. More than 60 cartoons from the SHSMO collection by Ray and Judge are currently on display, highlighting the artists' humorous and creative approaches to contemporary issues. The exhibition in the Columbia Research Center will run through November 10.

Federal Building at CCC Camp near Ellington

Photograph and Papers Preservation Workshop

June 26

Reynolds County Genealogy and Historical Society, Ellington

Employees and volunteers who work in small archives are invited to join members of SHSMO's staff at the Reynolds County Genealogy and Historical Society for this professional development workshop. Sessions will cover the basics of processing papers and photographs and delve into issues regarding provenance and original order. Case examples provided for discussion will focus specifically on southeast Missouri. For more information, contact the Reynolds County Genealogy and Historical Society at 573.663.3233 or by email at mailto:rcghs@mcmo.net.

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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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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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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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