Events

As part of its mission to generate interest and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the state and its people, the Society hosts a wide range of engaging and educational events for scholars and community members of all ages.

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MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6–8 | Columbia
Join us in Columbia to commemorate the Missouri Bicentennial with music, exhibitions, talks, film screenings, folk art demonstrations, and performances. Together for '21 Fest is organized by the State Historical Society of Missouri and the University of Missouri.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Stop by the Hulston Lobby at the Center for Missouri Studies and leave a note to future Missourians in the Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule. Once sealed, the time capsule will be housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri until August 10, 2046, when it will be re-opened and shared with the public.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
The Richard Bookstore at the Center for Missouri Studies features Missouri-sourced and themed gifts for all ages. Join us during Together for '21 Fest for a special Bicentennial Open House, showcasing bicentennial-themed merch and a wide selection of books on Missouri history.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 9:00 am – 9:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

University of Missouri College of Engineering faculty and the associate curator of European and American art from the Museum of Art and Archaeology will discuss the process of developing the virtual reality exhibition Missouri: Heart of the Nation.


MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 9:00 am – 9:50 am | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall Rotunda
Located in the House of Representatives Lounge at the Missouri State Capitol, A Social History of Missouri by Thomas Hart Benton is an iconic set of murals depicting the history and culture of Missouri. Join us at Jesse Hall on Friday, August 6, for a formal tour of the 70% scale reproduction mural by The Art of the Missouri Capitol author Bob Priddy. Tours begin at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 1:00 pm (Friday only).

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 10:00 am – 10:50 am | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall Rotunda
Located in the House of Representatives Lounge at the Missouri State Capitol, A Social History of Missouri by Thomas Hart Benton is an iconic set of murals depicting the history and culture of Missouri. Join us at Jesse Hall on Friday, August 6, for a formal tour of the 70% scale reproduction mural by The Art of the Missouri Capitol author Bob Priddy. Tours begin at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 1:00 pm (Friday only).

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 10:00 am – 10:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join SHSMO trustee and Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary R. Russell for a presentation on the history of Missouri’s judiciary and milestone events and cases shaping it.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 11:00 am – 11:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

In this talk, William S. Belko, PhD, the executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council, relives the fiery debate that surrounded Missouri’s admission to the Union as discussed in his recent book, Contesting the Constitution: Congress Debates the Missouri Crisis, 1819-1821.


MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall Rotunda
Located in the House of Representatives Lounge at the Missouri State Capitol, A Social History of Missouri by Thomas Hart Benton is an iconic set of murals depicting the history and culture of Missouri. Join us at Jesse Hall on Friday, August 6, for a formal tour of the 70% scale reproduction mural by The Art of the Missouri Capitol author Bob Priddy. Tours begin at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 1:00 pm (Friday only).

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join Missouri 13th Judicial Circuit Judge Tracy Gonzalez for a presentation on the history of Missouri’s judiciary and milestone events and cases shaping it.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

Join filmmaker and literary critic Professor Juanamaría Cordones-Cook as she presents her documentary Nancy Morejón: Famous Landscapes, filmed in Havana in 2013. Following the documentary, Cordones-Cook will share her views in conversation with sociologist María Rodríguez-Alcalá about the diverse racial and cultural identities of the Latinx communities in Missouri.


MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
University of Missouri professor of history and associate director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, Jeffrey L. Pasley, PhD, and Penn State University associate professor of history, John Craig Hammond, PhD, present on their recent publication, A Fire Bell in the Past: The Missouri Crisis at 200 (Vol. 1) Western Slavery, National Impasse.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Peace Park
Fiddling is deeply rooted in Missouri history having first been brought to the state by its early French settlers. During Together for '21 Fest, stop by and enjoy a lively jam session of fiddling masters playing in Peace Park on August 6. Fiddler John P. Williams will lead the session and showcase traditional fiddling tunes and techniques, while fiddlers Kenny Applebee, Dave Cavins, and Amber Gaddy will provide backup.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 6, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall Auditorium

Music has always been an important part of Missouri culture from early folk musicians to the explosion of jazz, blues, and Ozark bluegrass. An Evening of Missouri Music will feature three different types of Missouri musical traditions and reflect how artists have put their own “spin” on the traditional music of the state.


First State Capitol Bicentennial Bash
August 7 | First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles
Commemorate the Missouri Bicentennial in St. Charles at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site. Tour the historic rooms where statehood began, attend lectures, walk the stationary parade route, and more. The event is organized by Missouri State Parks.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
The Richard Bookstore at the Center for Missouri Studies features Missouri-sourced and themed gifts for all ages. Join us during Together for '21 Fest for a special Bicentennial Open House, showcasing bicentennial-themed merch and a wide selection of books on Missouri history.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join Joan Stack, curator of art collections at SHSMO, to explore Cultural Crossroads at Together for '21 Fest! Stack will be on hand in the Center for Missouri Studies Art Gallery to help visitors examine the artwork, objects, and imagery associated with a wide range of people who were part of what became the state of Missouri in 1821.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Stop by the Hulston Lobby at the Center for Missouri Studies and leave a note to future Missourians in the Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule. Once sealed, the time capsule will be housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri until August 10, 2046, when it will be re-opened and shared with the public.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 9:00 am – 9:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join us to hear from juried Best of Missouri Hands artists Aaron Horrell and Barb Bailey about the process to develop the Missouri Bicentennial Mural and the status of the final painting.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Softball Stadium
In collaboration with Special Olympics Missouri, the University of Missouri and Missouri 2021 will host a softball demonstration game in honor of the Missouri Bicentennial. “The Friends” from Kansas City will play the “Jets Unified” from St. Louis.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Come add your voice and your story to Missouri on Mic, an effort by University of Missouri journalism students to capture the stories and perspectives of Missourians at the occasion of the state's bicentennial. No audio skills are required, and you are welcome to bring a relative, friend, or companion to record with. Drop-ins and walk-ins are welcome!

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join us to watch as demonstrators showcase traditional blacksmith techniques using anvils and coal forges.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Showcasing the work of master storytellers who have performed, presented workshops, and provided coaching as part of a year-long series commemorating the Missouri Bicentennial from The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library and the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program. Storytellers for this session include Leslie Harris, Nancee and Mike Micham, and Ric Vice.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

A Spoonful of History: A Culinary Tour of Missouri and our Governor's Mansion is a new cookbook released in commemoration of the Missouri Bicentennial and the 150th anniversary of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion. Join Rebecca Gordon, executive director for Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion, to explore beloved recipes from the book and the history that made them.


MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall North Entrance
Pablo Sanhueza presents an interactive, bilingual Latin music session with apprentice musicians of the Latin Jazz Institute. This program offers children the chance to join the stage with Sanhueza and experience playing with hand percussion instruments and vocals. Youth who study woodwind and brass instruments are encouraged to bring their instrument for an improvisation lesson.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm | Missouri Theatre, Columbia
Grupo Atlántico is an ensemble of folk dancers whose purpose is to share the rich tri-ethnic heritage (African, Indian and Spanish roots) of the Caribbean and coastal regions of Colombia, South America. Join us at the Missouri Theatre on Saturday, August 7, to experience the ensemble performing traditional dances from Colombia.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | Missouri Theatre, Columbia
Becoming Missouri's official state American folk dance in 1992, the square dance is a partnered dance with lively music and cues directed by a caller. Join us for a spirited square dance exhibition at Missouri Theatre on August 7.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

Missouri Humanities Council and KCUR are pleased to introduce new podcast Hungry For MO. Launching on August 10, be the first to hear audio excerpts as we discuss the making of Hungry For MO at Together for '21!


MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Jesse Hall East Portico
Fiddling is deeply rooted in Missouri history having first been brought to the state by its early French settlers. During Together for '21 Fest, stop by and enjoy a lively jam session of fiddling apprentices playing on the Jesse Hall east portico on August 7. Fiddler Ellen Gomez leads the session, joined by fiddlers Pete Howard and Thomas Coriell with Nathan McAlister and Dave Landreth playing backup.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Showcasing the work of master storytellers who have performed, presented workshops, and provided coaching as part of a year-long series commemorating the Missouri Bicentennial from The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library and the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program. Storytellers for this session include Gary Kuntz, Linda Kuntz, and Sara Poff.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 7, 7:00 pm | Missouri Theatre, Columbia
From Missouri State University, Ozarks Public Television, University of Central Missouri, and KMOS PBS comes Missouri! A Bicentennial Celebration, a two-hour program exploring Missouri culture, history, and statehood. Enjoy an exclusive screening of this historical documentary at Together for '21 Fest before its statewide premiere on Public Television Association (PTAM) member stations on August 12 at 8:00 pm. An audience Q&A will follow the screening.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
The Richard Bookstore at the Center for Missouri Studies features Missouri-sourced and themed gifts for all ages. Join us during Together for '21 Fest for a special Bicentennial Open House, showcasing bicentennial-themed merch and a wide selection of books on Missouri history.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Stop by the Hulston Lobby at the Center for Missouri Studies and leave a note to future Missourians in the Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule. Once sealed, the time capsule will be housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri until August 10, 2046, when it will be re-opened and shared with the public.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 8, 10:00 am | Flat Branch Park, Columbia
In honor of the Missouri Bicentennial and founding of Columbia and in recognition of Indigenous peoples who called these lands home, the Missouri Bicentennial Commission will dedicate a burr oak/white oak hybrid in Flat Branch Park. Join us at the north part of Flat Branch Park, behind the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. The closest parking is the lot off Elm Street.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 8, 11:00 am – 11:50 am | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join us to hear Galen Gritts talk about land acknowledgment of Indigenous people and their history in this area long before Missouri statehood. Gritts will also speak about what it’s like to be a Native person in Missouri and the continued presence and importance of Indigenous people to the future of Missouri history, life, and culture.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 8, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm | University of Missouri–Columbia, Peace Park
To honor Missouri’s statehood, Music in the American Wild Ensemble will perform new works inspired by Missouri history, culture, and geography.

MO To Learn, Together for '21 Fest
August 8, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

Voices of Arrow Rock is a theatrical production bringing to life voices of early Arrow Rock citizens whose experiences help us understand what life was like during the early to mid-19th century on the Missouri frontier. These voices transcend time and geography and help give a platform for underrepresented voices of the past.


Missouri Statehood Day Jefferson City
August 9–10 | Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City

Join us in Jefferson City August 9-10 for the Missouri Statehood Day Commemoration, including the formal recognition of the Missouri Bicentennial, reveal of the Missouri Bicentennial stamp, exhibits in the Capitol, a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony, and an ice cream social at Central Dairy. The event is organized by the Missouri Bicentennial Commission.


Missouri Statehood Day Jefferson City
August 9, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Missouri Supreme Court, Jefferson City
The Supreme Court of Missouri was established in 1820 and is the highest court in the state. Explore the Missouri Supreme Court building with a scheduled tour during Missouri Statehood Day from August 9-10. Tours are 30 minutes long and include the first floor, viewing a courtroom (either Division I or Division II), the Old Drum statue, and the law library.

Missouri Statehood Day Jefferson City
August 9, 2:00 pm | Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City
With a planned completion in 2021, the Missouri Bicentennial Bridge will connect Jefferson City and Adrian Island, providing a pedestrian and bike linkage between the two and restoring Jefferson City’s historic relationship to the Missouri River. The Bicentennial Chess Board, a project of the Missouri Bicentennial Commission with support from the World Chess Hall of Fame, will be located on Adrian’s Island and provide a lasting reminder of the Missouri Bicentennial. Join us on Statehood Day for a dedication of these commemorative monuments to Missouri's past, present, and future.

Missouri 2021 Ice Cream Social
August 10 | Statewide
August 10, 2021, marks the 200th anniversary of Missouri statehood and Missouri 2021 is encouraging communities across the state to commemorate the day with an ice cream social! Nothing brings people together like ice cream, and an ice cream social is a most appropriate way to celebrate Missouri, since the ice cream cone is the official state dessert! Look for an ice cream social near you!

Missouri Statehood Day Jefferson City
August 10, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City
Stop by the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol building and leave a note to future Missourians in the Missouri Bicentennial Time Capsule. Once sealed, the time capsule will be housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri until August 10, 2046, when it will be re-opened and shared with the public.

Missouri Statehood Day Jefferson City
August 10, 9:00 am – 10:30 am | Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City
August 10, 2021, marks the two hundredth anniversary of Missouri’s entry as the 24th state to enter the United States. A state with many different regional cultures, geographies, and industries, we celebrate the accomplishments and diversity of all these regions while seeking to create a better understanding of our one Missouri and the ties that bind us together. Join us on the front steps of the Missouri State Capitol for a formal ceremony marking the two hundredth anniversary of Missouri statehood.

Missouri Statehood Day Jefferson City
August 10, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Missouri Supreme Court, Jefferson City
The Supreme Court of Missouri was established in 1820 and is the highest court in the state. Explore the Missouri Supreme Court building with a scheduled tour during Missouri Statehood Day from August 9-10. Tours are 30 minutes long and include the first floor, viewing a courtroom (either Division I or Division II), the Old Drum statue, and the law library.

Missouri Statehood Day Jefferson City
August 10, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Central Dairy, Jefferson City

Missouri 2021 is encouraging communities across the state to commemorate Statehood Day with an ice cream social! Nothing brings people together like ice cream, and an ice cream social is a most appropriate way to celebrate Missouri, since the ice cream cone is the official state dessert. In Jefferson City, join us at Central Dairy for a bicentennial ice cream social!


Missouri State Fair
August 12–22 | Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia
In Sedalia, join us for Our Missouri Celebration at the 2021 Missouri State Fair. The theme this year is the Missouri Bicentennial with special exhibits to commemorate statehood along with livestock shows, concerts, motorsport events, and more. The event is organized by Missouri State Fair.

Rochester Frisbee Club Course
September 9, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join us to celebrate disc golf at this one-night-only pop-up exhibition! Explore select items of disc golf history at the Center for Missouri Studies. This event is free and open to the public.

The African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series
September 14, 6:30 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, for a look at "Negro Leagues: The Shining Stars Hidden in Darkness.”

C0848
September 23, 1:00 pm | Virtual Program
Join Associate Director of the Cape Girardeau Research Center, Bill Eddleman, to learn the difference between testate and intestate estates; laws relating to inheritance; documents generated by the probate process and what they mean; and the role of courts and court records in probate. Online and free, registration required.

On Demand Programs

Many State Historical Society of Missouri programs are freely available on demand to worldwide audiences. The most recently published videos are available at the links below. See all on demand programs here.

In this final episode of Missouri 2021 Presents, we take a look at the festivals and events surrounding Missouri Statehood Day in August 2021
Records involving land transfers after the original title holder often require a deeper level of understanding to be used effectively. Watch as Bill Eddleman provides an overview on locating available information in land records and other sources.
In this inaugural Missouri Historical Review Author Series program, Larry Gragg, PhD, profiles George E. Ladd, the strong-willed director of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (MSM) at the turn of the twentieth century.
Explore bicentennial musical events that speak to and about Missouri!