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Gift Shop Open House

December 2, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Share your love of Missouri with items from the State Historical Society of Missouri gift shop. Whether it is an indulgence for yourself or the perfect present for that hard-to-shop-for person, the gift shop offers books, art, notecards, and other gifts that highlight your state heritage. At this event, you can browse while enjoying light refreshments. SHSMO members receive 10 percent off all purchases, and proceeds benefit the Society's research centers and programs! If you are unable to attend in person, please see selections in the expanded online store.

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Luvelli Walk-Through

Jon Luvelli: Images from Central Missouri Walk-Through

January 13, 1:30 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Join SHSMO to learn more about the fine art photography of Jon Luvelli. Raised in a rural farm town near Columbia, Missouri, Luvelli has gained national and international recognition for his street photography. His images are distinguished by their focus on Midwestern townscapes and underlying social messages. The stark contrasts of light and dark encourage viewers to find beauty in uncustomary forms. This exhibition of photos, the first installment of a permanent Luvelli collection at SHSMO, represents central Missouri and casts an aesthetic spotlight on contemporary life along its county roads and midtown streets.

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Black History Month

Black History Month

February 1-28

SHSMO Social Media

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri all month long for the story of the African American experience in Missouri as told through the personal papers of individuals, families, and organizations within SHSMO’s collections. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Day at the Capitol

Annual Day at the Capitol

February 7

Missouri State Capitol

Meet National History Day in Missouri students, learn more about how this innovative program encourages them to explore history, and share your passion for history education with legislators at this daylong event in the Missouri State Capitol.

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Social Studies Conference

Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference

February 23-24

National World War I Museum

Visit with SHSMO staff members at their exhibitor’s booth and discuss ways to use resources from the Society, the National History Day in Missouri program, and the upcoming Missouri bicentennial in your classroom!

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Women's History Month

Women's History Month

March 1-31

SHSMO Social Media

Missouri women have played vital roles in the long struggle for greater gender equality in America. Follow the State Historical Society of Missouri all month on social media to learn more about their stories. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Missouri Conference on History

Missouri Conference on History

March 15-16

Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City

Save the dates of March 15–16, 2018, for the sixtieth annual Missouri Conference on History, hosted by the Missouri State Archives . The call for proposals is open, and submissions of paper, panel, and student posters in all fields of history are welcomed. The conference is particularly interested in proposals for complete sessions, including panelists, chair, and commentator.

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National History in Missouri State Contest

National History Day in Missouri State Contest

April 28

University of Missouri campus

Come witness the knowledge, enthusiasm, and creativity of nearly 600 students from across the state as they share their History Day research projects. They will compete for state honors in categories including documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites that explore the 2018 contest theme, Conflict and Compromise in History. Sign up as a contest judge at nhdmo.org/judges and share your time to help students improve their work. Top finishers at the state contest will advance to the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park in June.

Volunteer to Judge

Bluegrass

Bluegrass Pickin' One More Time

May 20

Havener Center

Join SHSMO and longtime mid-Missouri radio host Wayne Bledsoe in honoring Mona Jones and the Bluegrass Travelers, Jim Orchard and the Ozark Bluegrass Boys, and Jimmie Allison and the Ozark Rounders at an afternoon of live bluegrass. The festival will be held at the Havener Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus. Watch for further details, they will be shared here as they are announced.

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