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Preserving Your Family History

July 25, 7 p.m.

Community Room, Farmington Fire Department

Need to know what to do with all of your photographs, letters, documents, scrapbooks, and audio and visual materials? Join the Farmington Historical Society and archivists from the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Rolla Research Center to look at how to preserve and maintain digital and physical content. This will include photographs, documents, audio, and audiovisual materials among others. Learn tips and tricks on how best to preserve your memories and information.


Researching Your Missouri Ancestors

August 10, 9:15–11:15 a.m.

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

Join SHSMO's Amy L. Waters and Christina Miller of the Missouri State Archives for an informative session exploring new avenues for finding your Missouri family. Attendees will learn about physical and electronic resources available in mid-Missouri repositories. This pre-conference session for the Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference, which is planned for August 10–11, is included in the conference registration. The public may also register for only this program. Visit Missouri State Genealogical Association's website for more information.

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Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference

August 10–11

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

Join SHSMO at the annual gathering of Missouri family history researchers. Learn from experts in the sessions, visit with SHSMO staff members in the exhibit hall, and network with other genealogists. For details, visit Missouri State Genealogical Association's website.

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Close-Up on Photographs and Family Papers

August 16, 12–1 p.m.

Livingston County Library

Overwhelmed by your photograph collection and family papers? Looking for tips on how to preserve it? SHSMO's associate director Lucinda Adams will provide an introduction to caring for photographs and family papers. Topics include organizing and storing collections, basic preservation, and managing family materials. This session 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 program, hosted by the Grand River Historical Society Museum in conjunction with the Livingston County Library, will be held in the library's second floor courtroom. Register by calling the Livingston Public Library at 660.646.0547. Free parking is available behind the building.

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Local History Fair

August 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Headquarters

Explore the history of your community and learn how you can participate in the celebration of Missouri’s Bicentennial in 2021 at the St. Louis County Library’s local history fair. SHSMO’s senior archivist Claire P. Marks and bicentennial coordinator Michael Sweeney will be onsite to answer your questions about State Historical Society programs and services. For more information, contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300, ext. 2070 or genealogy@slcl.org.

Preserving History

Preserving Historical Documents

August 25, 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Willis Alexander Student Center, North Central Missouri College

Join SHSMO’s conservator Erin Kraus and the University of Missouri Extension in Grundy County for a workshop on the preservation of historical documents. Participants will learn how to clean, repair, and preserve a range of materials to maximize their life span. Kraus will provide sample documents to clean or participants may bring their own. A $40 registration fee enables participants to leave with a supply kit to take home. Reserve your seat today at 660.357.6580.

A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1: The Old Ozarks cover

Schoolcraft in the Old Ozarks

September 18, 7 p.m.

The Library Center, Springfield–Greene County Library District

It was almost 200 years ago that New Yorker Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and his companion Levi Pettibone launched a memorable journey into the wild and mostly unsettled region now called the Ozarks. In "Schoolcraft in the Old Ozarks," Brooks Blevins, Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University, will discuss the region—the Old Ozarks—as Schoolcraft and other early travelers found it two centuries ago. Blevins will also sign copies of his new book, A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1: The Old Ozarks, which will be released by the University of Illinois Press in June.

Sponsored by SHSMO, the Springfield–Greene County Library District, Missouri State University Libraries, and the Missouri State University Ozarks Studies Institute

Be Part of NHD

Make History: Be Part of National History Day

September 20, 6:30-8 p.m.

Daniel Boone Regional Library

Join SHSMO for an evening of films, exhibits, and stories. Learn how you can uncover history as you take part in the National History Day competition by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. Your project may earn you a visit to the University of Missouri or Washington, DC. This event, recommended for ages 10 and older, will be held in the Children’s Program Room at the Daniel Boone Regional Library headquarters.

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Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Luncheon

October 13

Courtyard by Marriott – Columbia

Register now for the 2018 Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Luncheon. Acclaimed author Caroline Fraser will present a program based on her 2018 Pulitzer Prize–winning biography, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

In a review of the book for the New York Times, Patricia Nelson Limerick, director of the University of Colorado's Center of the American West, wrote, "For anyone who has drifted into thinking of Wilder's 'Little House' books as relics of a distant and irrelevant past, reading Prairie Fires will provide a lasting cure." Fraser's talk will follow SHSMO's annual business meeting and luncheon.

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