Event Calendar

Chillicothe Square ca. 1910

Close-Up on Photographs Workshop

August 25, 1-4 p.m.

Grand River Historical Society

Overwhelmed by your photograph collection? Looking for tips on how to preserve it? The State Historical Society of Missouri's Laura Jolley, assistant director of manuscripts, will provide an introduction to caring for photographs. Topics include organizing and storing collections, basic preservation, and managing digital images. This workshop is suitable for caretakers of historic photograph collections as well as those who want to learn how to best keep their contemporary photographs for future generations. The session, hosted by the Grand River Historical Society Museum in conjunction with the Livingston County Library, is free and open to the public. Register by calling the Grand River Historical Society at 660.646.1341.

State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Evolving Environments Walk-Through

August 27, 1:30 p.m.

Research Center-Columbia

Guest curator Carol Grove, University of Missouri adjunct assistant professor of American Art and Architecture, will explain how a balance of sensitivity to the environment and the needs of individuals led the Kansas City-based landscape architecture firm Hare and Hare to become nationally recognized. The father-and-son team of Sidney J. and S. Herbert Hare created "order, convenience, and beauty" in cityscapes, parkland, and domestic landscapes from 1910 to 1960. The Evolving Environments exhibition, which will be on display from July 14 to December 23, celebrates Hare and Hare's lasting impact through the original drawings, photographs, and plans for the parks, zoos, cemeteries, schools, and residential areas Missourians enjoy today, including Kansas City's Country Club District and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

B&W Photo of DJ Interviewing Woman at KATZ Radio Station

Introduction to Oral History Workshop

September 12, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Missouri History Museum

SHSMO's oral historian Jeff D. Corrigan will demonstrate the fundamentals of taking oral history projects from initial idea to finished product. Topics will include planning, drafting questions, using proper equipment, and legal and ethical considerations. A series of question-and-answer examples from oral histories will also be used to hone interviewing skills and spark discussion. The event will be in the AT&T multipurpose room at the Missouri History Museum. Spots are limited. To save your space, email the history museum's Tamaki Anna Harvey Stratman at tamaki@mohistory.org.

NHD student project

Put Your Stamp on History. Be Part of National History Day in Missouri.

September 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Join us for an evening of films, exhibits, and stories. Learn how you can uncover history and produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website to enter in the National History Day competition. Your project may even take you to the University of Missouri or to Washington DC! Facilitated by Shelly Croteau and Maggie Mayhan (NHDMO coordinators). Recommended for ages 10 and up.

The African American Experience in Missouri

The African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series: Lea VanderVelde

September 15, 6:30 p.m.

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union, University of Missouri-Columbia

The lecture series fall lineup kicks off with Lea VanderVelde, Josephine R. Witte Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. She will discuss her most recent book, Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott (Oxford University Press), a groundbreaking study of more than 300 freedom suits in St. Louis. Through the careful evaluation of 12 cases, the book offers insights into the practice of slavery and the lives of those enslaved in Missouri. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be in Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union, on the University of Missouri campus.

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

State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Art-i-Fact Gallery and Museum Crawl

September 22, 4-7 p.m.

Research Center-Columbia

Explore the galleries, museums, and gardens of the MU campus, enjoy snacks and activities, and release your inner child through a night of coloring and culture at the #ColorCrawl! This event is sponsored by Art-i-Fact, a consortium of University of Missouri organizations where art, science, and culture are open for exploration. Visit artifact.missouri.edu for more information or download a printable map here.

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Oral History Workshop

September 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Missouri State Archives

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 brian.rogers@sos.mo.gov. 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.

State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Springfield Streetcar Strike of 1916–1917

October 6, 7 p.m.

Polk County Genealogical Society Research Facility, Bolivar

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.

TJ Stiles Books

Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series Lecture and SHSMO's Annual Meeting

October 15

Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center, Columbia

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.

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Newspapers: Pages of Your History

October 20

St. Joseph Public Library

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.

TJ Stiles Books

Making Every Leaf Count: Finding, Organizing, and Protecting Your Genealogy Research

November 10, 6–9 p.m.

Marshall Public Library

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.