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As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Fitzpatrick chronicled the progression of World War II as it happened with powerful and poignant editorial cartoons. This walk-through covers all three installments of Battle Lines, the WWII Cartoons of Daniel Fitzpatrick. Online and free, registration required.

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Missouri is celebrating a monumental birthday next year! August 10, 2021, marks the 200th anniversary of Missouri statehood. Join Michael Sweeney, coordinator of Missouri 2021, for an overview of the exciting projects and events commemorating the state’s bicentennial. Online and free, registration required.
The American Association of University Women Ballwin-Chesterfield Branch hosts Dennis Stroughmatt for his presentation In French Fiddle Tunes and Tall Tales: The French Creole Story of Missouri.
Join us virtually for the 63rd Annual Missouri Conference on History! Hosted by SHSMO, the conference brings together scholars, teachers, and other professional historians to share in the presentation of research, to exchange information on teaching and curriculum, and to consider ways to promote the welfare of the profession and general interest in history.

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Art and educational exhibitions illustrate transformative moments in Missouri and U.S. history. The State Historical Society of Missouri houses exhibition galleries at the Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia. SHSMO also provides materials for display in galleries and exhibition spaces across the state.

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Music in Missouri explores Missouri’s contribution to American music. The state’s early folk musicians, marching bands, and choral societies inspired the birth of ragtime and then overlapped with the evolution of a new brand of blues in St. Louis. Those emerging styles then intersected with an explosion of new jazz in Kansas City, at the same time that Ozark bluegrass migrated northwards and entered this melting pot of rhythm to help create rock n’ roll, rhythm and blues, modern country, and gospel.

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Artist David Plank has devoted his life to the artistic study of Missouri’s birds.  Unlike some wildlife artists, Plank never bases his images on photographs. Instead, he creates field studies and bases his finished paintings on these sketches. Plank’s images are thus a direct record of his intimate observations of the birds of Missouri.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Daniel Fitzpatrick, chronicled the progression of World War II as it happened with powerful and poignant editorial cartoons. The final installment of this eighteen-month exhibition focuses on the ending years of the war, including the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that forced Japan’s surrender on V-J Day, August 15, 1945.

On Demand Programs

Bill Eddleman explains how to find and use online records that are free and discover what’s available from subscription services.
YSU professor Amy Laurel Fluker discusses Civil War commemoration in Missouri as pursued most often by women and from both sides of the conflict.
Watch Oral Historian Sean Rost explore three unique Missouri legends that have deep ties to the Show-Me State
Bill Eddleman teaches us how to assemble what we already have—or can easily access—while giving tips on how to stay organized, interview relatives, keep focused, maintain a record of research, and determine research locations.